Dumbo Movie Review
Dumbo is one of a series of live action remakes that Disney has been putting out recently. Many people have been complaining that these films (ie. Aladdin, Lady and the Tramp) are nothing but a cash grab, arguing that it’s nothing but a simple a way to make a quick profit off of nostalgia. If the movies are low quality, they would absolutely be right. The way I see it is as long as the movies are high quality and can compete with the originals, they can remake whatever they want.
That being said, Dumbo was a whimsical movie that I thoroughly enjoyed. The main characters were likeable and relatable, but of course they are because it’s a Disney film. The CGI was something I thought would be a little off, but there wasn’t a point where it was bad enough to take me out of the movie. The acting was really good, especially the child actors who had to play a big role. The music was pretty good although it’s not something I usually notice unless it doesn’t go with what’s happening on screen. The runtime probably could have been a lot longer, so I’m glad that they kept it under 2 hours.
This was one of those movies that I saw the trailer for then forgot it was coming out. I feel like there was less advertisements for this than the average Disney movie, like they weren’t expecting it to be very successful. That was odd because it seemed like another high budget film. Regardless it still had that childlike wonder that the original animated Dumbo had (granted I still haven’t seen the end of it) and I was happy with the movie overall.
The movie starts with Holt Ferrier arriving back at the Medici Brothers’ Circus after fighting in the war. He returns to find his two children and the people he calls family struggling to get by, having to resort to selling everything they can just to keep themselves running. In a desperate attempt to find their saving grace, the director of the circus who I will only refer to as Danny Devito, purchases a pregnant elephant from a shady dealer so that they can advertise their baby elephant. But then the animal is born and it’s ears are huge, so everyone ostracizes it. But they’ve already advertised that they have this fancy new baby elephant so they try to hide it’s massive ears.
The kids accidentally teach Dumbo to fly by introducing him to a feather, so during the first performance he sees a feather and it all goes haywire. He starts flying around everywhere and pretty soon the whole country hears about it. Shady businessman V. A. Vandervere also catches wind and buys the circus out for their flying elephant, but shady business ends up in everyone getting fired from the circus. Not only that but they have Dumbo’s mother and they plan to kill her! So the whole circus works together to save Dumbo’s mom and return the elephants to the jungle!
That’s where the movie ends, with Dumbo and the mother escaping to the wild. I honestly can’t think of too many flaws with this movie, nothing was done majorly wrong in my eyes. Maybe I’m giving this movie too much credit because of the movies I’ve seen lately being so lackluster, but I’m going to give this movie a 6.5/10. It was a lot of fun but it had a general sense of mediocrity that might have just been pacing issues in the beginning. There’s definitely a reason to watch the animated version, the original Dumbo still has this classic feel to it that the live action one will never live up to.