Disney has been bringing the classics back one film at a time. The live-action films offer a with a new look, yet kinda the same feel. The nostalgia from childhood coming to life on the big screen makes the release of Dumbo that much more anticipated. With the build up from Maleficent, The Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast, and Cinderella, I am excited to share this review of what to expect from the new Dumbo.
From Disney and visionary director Tim Burton, the all-new grand live-action adventure “Dumbo” expands on the beloved classic story where differences are celebrated, family is cherished and dreams take flight. Circus owner Max Medici (Danny DeVito) enlists former circus 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.
Director Tim Burton
Directed by Tim Burton (“Alice in Wonderland,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”) from a screenplay by Ehren Kruger (“Ophelia,” “Dream House”), and produced by Justin Springer (“TRON: Legacy”), Kruger, Katterli Frauenfelder (“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” “Big Eyes”) and Derek Frey (“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” “Frankenweenie”), “Dumbo” flies into theaters on March 29, 2019. Tickets are available now for advance purchase wherever tickets are sold.
Come See an Elephant Fly, Again, but Better
I couldn’t attend the screening this time, so I sent my friend, Frances to see Dumbo with her sweet six-year-old. Here are her takeaways on why you want to catch this family film!
There’s a flying elephant, this was the number one reason my daughter, who is six, said people should watch the movie. Clearly, that’s the obvious reason! Leave it to Disney to bring to life a flying elephant in such a way that suspends disbelief for the whole family and captures our hearts!
What old is new.
1920s nostalgia! Old is new, and we are seeing it and loving it everywhere. BUT not in the way Disney can do it! They genuinely take us back and do it even better than the original. It’s like the Rolls Royce of 1920s nostalgia in a film! Especially the Dreamland scenes.
We get a sneak peek in the previews (about 1:30 on the trailer), but that’s only the tip of the iceberg! The set design, the choreography, the cinematography, and costumes are groundbreaking. I would not be surprised if this wins a ton of awards for the remarkable artistry found in this film.
Step right up.
The circus throwback! Dumbo takes the cake. If you liked the Greatest Showman, you have to see Dumbo! I really can not put into words the stunning visuals here.
Those baby blues, Dumbo’s eyes! Eyes you will never forget, will pull you in and completely captivate you!
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The Suspense, a few times, my daughter wanted to sit on my lap and have me hold her. This film was surprisingly suspenseful and action-packed! Disclaimer, there were a few times my daughter had to rub my arm and say, Mom, it’s going to be ok! Who would have thought Dumbo would be a real nailbiter as far as suspense.
Dumbo takes such a heroic journey! This little elephant is the truest hero. With a call to action, Dumbo inspires us all, and without giving away too much, we are believing again that anything really is possible!
Go in knowing there’s an homage/tribute to Disney and American innovation woven throughout the entire film. It makes it special.
One more thing, Dumbo is like a Titanic classic type of movie and 100% made for the big screen. Probably the most made-for big-screen movie I’ve seen in a long time.
Dumbo” flies into theaters on March 29, 2019