Monday, April 1, 2019

Dumbo (2019 film)

Disney has been perpetually remaking their old animated films as live-action features, and that trend continues with Dumbo, Tim Burton taking the director's chair and reuniting Batman Returns costars Michael Keaton and Danny DeVito, who basically have their roles reversed. As in the original, the eponymous pachyderm has larger-than-average ears and the ability to fly with the help of bird feathers (albeit without the aid of racially-stereotyped crows, and none of the animal characters throughout the film are capable of speech), and is separated from his mother who has a hand in the death of a circus crewman, with the main human characters making it a goal to reunite the elephants in a Free Willy-esque secondary plot in the film's second half. There's even a pink elephant sequence, albeit not involving alcohol, and all in all it was an enjoyable remake that's probably better off not wholly imitating the original.

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