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|Genre:||Children's Movie, Adventure|
|Production country:||USA 2019|
|Running time:||About 112 min.|
|Rated:||From 6 years|
The circus of Max Medici (Danny DeVito) has truly seen better times. Even the return of his former star Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell) from World War I won't change that, because Holt has lost an arm and will probably never be able to perform his daring numbers again. But the birth of a little elephant could bring the audience back. But quickly comes the disillusionment: The little elephant is born with oversized ears and thus becomes the mockery of the circus. But Holt's children Milly (Nico Parker) and Joe (Finley Hobbins), who are supposed to take care of little Dumbo, quickly find out that the elephant is something very special: Dumbo can fly with his huge ears. And so the elephant quickly becomes a star and attracts the attention of the heavyweight entrepreneur V.A. Vandevere (Michael Keaton), who absolutely wants Dumbo to be an attraction for his amusement park. For the circus, the future seems assured - but appearances deceive enormously…
"Dumbo" was Disney's fourth full-length cartoon in 1941 and since then has been one of the great cartoon classics. The story that celebrates otherness touches people even after almost eighty years and the Oscar-nominated song "Baby mine" has been covered countless times over the decades by Bette Midler and Art Garfunkle, among others. After Disney had enjoyed great success in recent years with real-life adaptations of its animated films, it now feels as if the entire catalogue of classics is being screened for breakfast. This year alone, three of these real film adaptations will be shown in our cinemas, with "Dumbo" making the start. The director is Tim Burton, who already successfully reinterpreted "Alice in Wonderland".
No question: Burton's "Dumbo" has some really enchanting moments. The film captivates with its visual realization, which Burton was able to put his very own stamp on in places. But even if the story is told in a different way than in an animated film, the big surprises remain. The whole thing is too much on the safe side to really be able to develop your very own character. Yes, it warms your heart when Dumbo looks with sad eyes behind a big ear. But the very big emotional force, which actually emanates from the story, simply doesn't want to unfold here.
The actors, above all Danny DeVito and Michael Keaton, deliver wonderful performances. Keaton in particular had visible pleasure in the role of the villain. But somehow the actors are slowed down again and again. It almost seems as if Burton has held himself back in a convulsive manner in order not to keep his work too weird or too gloomy, but always cute and family-friendly. It's nice to look at, it doesn't hurt anybody, but it quickly falls into oblivion again. And this wonderful classic really doesn't deserve that. All in all, it's a nice family movie, that's great to watch and also quite entertaining, but in comparison to the cartoon it doesn't manage to fly right into the hearts of the audience. The bottom line is that this is enough for one: Worth seeing!
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