Dumbo

PG 112 mins

About the film

Director: Tim Burton
Actors: Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Eva Green
The teeny pachyderm with enlarged lobes is a suitably heart-melting presence in Tim Burton’s redo of the 1941 animation classic, Dumbo.

Circus owner Max Medici (Danny DeVito) enlists former star Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell, The Killing of a Sacred Deer) ) 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 little elephant 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.

While Dumbo contains most of the same ingredients of the original film, the story itself is wildly different, which is a relief for those who were worried about childhoods being ruined. But it is, after all, a Tim Burton movie, and his stamp is all over it, his DNA ingrained in both the visual style and in the storytelling. So, the fun comes with a sinister grin.

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