Summary: A baby elephant with the ability to fly fights through some stressful situations to be reunited with his mother with aid of two children and a one armed man.
Review: For those that are familiar with the concept of flight I’m sure that the first thing that pops into mind is an elephant with really big ears. For those that are familiar with that idea then you most likely know what I am referencing. If not; then I may have just made myself look like crazy person with too much caffeine and two hours of sleep a day because of life. I am referring to the classic 1941 Disney film Dumbo, or in this case, Tim Burton’s modern take on the classic film which effectively shows what it would be like to have a friend that is essentially a flying five foot puppy. In addition to that, the presentation of the film alone is interesting because it shows that Tim Burton can indeed make a film without using dark depressing colors and lighting.
The film revolves around Max Medici (Danny Devito) and his circus. Max’s character is a driven show master that is constantly looking for the next big act to bring in some funds due to falling upon hard times. He’s silly, but in a loud way that kind of reminds you of an uncle that seems stressed out because he’s always secretly looking for a restroom. He carries a pet monkey that adds a little extra humor to his character but comes of a tiny bit cliché. Max tours his circus with his troupe where he is eventually reunited with an old member that was drafted into the military.
We are then introduced to Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell) and two children: Milly Farrier (Nico Parker) and Joe Farrier (Finley Hobbins). Holt is a character stricken with slight depression after hearing the news of his wife’s death and the loss of arm. He is also driven to relive the days when he was famous horse rider and, when talking to his children, has the apparent conversational skills of a talking fish. Milly is science buff who dreams of inventing things and is about as happy as a scientist can be living in a circus. Joe, on the other hand, is just a young boy. That’s about it for him. The dynamic between these three is awkward, but that is not a bad thing because Holt just got back from a war. Military fathers have been known to come back home and not know their children. But it is still awkward.
After convincing Max to allow him to work, Holt is placed in charge for caring for the elephants. It is here we are introduced to a pregnant Jumbo; otherwise known as Dumbo’s mother. We get glimpse into Dumbo’s birth as we are shown a scene of Jumbo at night in her trailer looking through her window at birds. The next day the baby elephant with the ability to fly is born. Which, apparently if it is that easy, makes me a little resentful to my mother. In addition to his ability to fly, Dumbo is incredibly smart as he already appears to understand everything the people say. Born and he already knows two languages. Dumbo himself is very well done. Dumbo is portrayed and designed to be as sweet as can be. And he was! In the film, he is as lovable and cuddly as one can expect from a baby elephant. Which only makes it that much more upsetting when he goes through some stress that I think most of us wouldn’t want.
Overall, experience that I had when viewing Dumbo was interesting. I questioned things when I entered the theater to Tailor Swift telling me to shake it off as a baby elephant is staring at me; it didn’t feel right. However, once the film started things went up from there and maintained. The film was okay. The main message by the end of the film is “you just need to believe in yourself” which gets a plus in my book as it is always nice to hear that kind of thing. I just wish it was stated so bluntly. Some lines and characters just seemed bit overboard or as if they were trying too hard to portray stress. Despite that, the film did fantastic job in capturing the essence of Dumbo’s character. He made the whole movie and made me believe that I was watching a baby flying elephant. Everything else was fair. I would recommend viewing the film when one has the time, but no rush. Unless you adore lovable baby elephants.
Release Date: March 29, 2019 (USA)
Cast: Alan Arkin, Danny Devito, Colin Farrell, Eva Green, Finley Jobbins, Michael Keaton, Deobia Oparei, Nico Parker, Roshan Seth
Distributor: Walt Disney Poictures, Motion Pictures
Director: Tim Burton
Genre: Family, Fantasy
Runtime: 112 minutes
Official Website: Disney Movies
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IMDB Page: Dumbo (2019)
Wiki Link: Dumbo (2019 Film)
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