Dumbo Review

Fellow movie-goers: Walt Disney would be proud!!! Great retelling of the story; drew me in from the start.
8 Plot: Great retelling of the classic.
8 Acting: All did a great job, but DUMBO was the shining star.
10 Directing: Burton does a great job all the way taking us to the circus.
10 Cinematography: The camera angles and vivid colors make it feel like a real circus.
9 Pacing: one slow moment, but does not ruin the movie.

Here’s the premise:   Holt (Colin Farrell) was once a circus star, but he went off to war and when he returned it had terribly altered him. Circus owner Max Medici (Danny DeVito) hires him to take care of Dumbo, a newborn elephant whose oversized ears make him the laughing stock of the struggling circus troupe. But when Holt’s children (Nico Parker, Finley Hobbins) discover that Dumbo can fly, silver-tongued entrepreneur V.A. Vandevere (Michael Keaton), and aerial artist Colette Marchant (Eva Green) swoop in to make the little elephant a star.

Kudos to director Tim Burton, who truly makes you feel like you are in a circus; the vivid colors and the angle of the shots give you a real carnival feeling; just like you were standing under the big top!!! Burton always has a flair for the bizarre and vivid, in his scenes and characters, and he struck gold again with the actors he assembled for this wonderful remake. With every actor playing their part, the real star was of course, DUMBO, and Burton makes use of every cute trick to create a truly loveable character.

Burton’s adaptation made me feel like a kid again, and it took me back to when I first saw the original and how much in awe I was at the prospect of a flying elephant.

This is a wonderful movie you can take, and should take your family to see. The adults can relive how you felt when you first watched the original, and the kids can enjoy it for the first time. I highly recommend seeing DUMBO on the big screen, you will love it!!!

Russell Lockhart


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