DUMBO Movie Review
Fans of all ages were delighted to see Disney take the beloved animated film, DUMBO and turn it into a grand live-action adventure film. This new film expands on the classic story where differences are celebrated, family is cherished and dreams take flight. The film is playing in theaters across the United States and audiences have not been disappointed and neither were our reviewers when they headed to see an early screening of the film.
The story of Dumbo was brought to life by Disney and visionary director Tim Burton. The film tells the story of Circus owner Max Medici (Danny DeVito) enlists former star Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell) and his children Milly (Nico Parker) and Joe (Finley Hobbins) to care for a newborn elephant whose oversized ears make him a laughingstock in an already struggling circus. But when they discover that Dumbo can fly, the circus makes an incredible comeback, attracting persuasive entrepreneur V.A. Vandevere (Michael Keaton), who recruits the peculiar pachyderm for his newest, larger-than-life entertainment venture, Dreamland. Dumbo soars to new heights alongside a charming and spectacular aerial artist, Colette Marchant (Eva Green), until Holt learns that beneath its shiny veneer, Dreamland is full of dark secrets.
The movie is rated PG due to some intense moments during the film. The new live-action version does still keep many of the sweet and heart-warming feelings that we felt with the original animated while adding in some deep/dark moments. These moments are to be expected with Tim Burton having a hand in its creation, as all his films have a somewhat darker sad. The movie is full of bright, vibrant, colorful moments that will leave you awed and amazed. Some of the darker moments include animal cruelty, death of a character from a falling circus tent, and an evil henchman.
During the film there are also some sad moments like when Dumbo is separated from his mother. This may be too much for young children and/or those affected from parental separation. However, we do feel that this can also provide an opening to talk about these issues with children. Our reviewers loved how the film showcased teamwork and empathy among the characters. Check out the trailer below and then make plans to see the film with your family.