Dumbo – Film Review
Made 78 years after the original animated cartoon, Tim Burton gets to put his own unique spin on Dumbo.
The two films are very different in many ways not only in style but the story as well. The original which was classed as one of the “Big Five” of Disney films only ran for 64 minutes whereas the 2019 version was nearly twice its length at 112 minutes, so you would expect some changes.
Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell) was the circus’s star act before the war but on returning to his old employer he now has to work as the elephant keeper due to the fact that he lost an arm while away serving his country.
A Machiavellian act sees Dumbo separated from his mother and Holt’s two children take pity on the orphaned elephant.
Ringmaster Max Medici (Danny DeVito), although a wide boy with an eye for a fast buck, has a decent heart under his outer veneer of money grabbing. So, when an offer to join a bigger and better operation comes from V.A. Vendevere (Michael Keaton) he sees a chance to secure his future and those of the merry band of men and bearded ladies that work for him.
Unfortunately, all is not as it seems.
Personally, I am not normally a fan of Tim Burton movies, I find them too dark and his visuals too odd. However, on this occasion I am pleased to report, maybe because of the circus setting his optics work and he does not plunge the depths of his usual darkness, although he could not resist having the main human character disabled in the war. I do however, wonder what Walt would have made of Mr. Burton’s version.
One for all the family but you don’t necessarily need to take a kid.
7 out of 10.
Mazatlan Movie Theaters
Cinemex Galería and Cinemex Platino are both in the Liverpool Galerias Shopping Center in La Marina. Cinépolis is at the Gran Plaza. Senderos is at Avenida Oscar Perez 8201. Gaviotas is on Camaron Sabalo in the GZ
Movies could change during the week. Websites for show times are:
Cinepolis (Gran Plaza, Senderos) : www.cinepolis.com
Cinemex (Galeria, Platino): http://cinemex.com