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Feels too heavy and bleak for a movie about a flying elephant rather than the lighthearted technicolor fun of the original. I had high hopes for this since I enjoyed Burton's take on Alice but rather than being trippy like I had hoped Dumbo is mostly just...grim (and not in any good sort of way). Jon Favreau (who did such an awesome job with The Jungle Book) rather than Tim Burton should have directed. Ehren Kruger's screenplay is also a disappointment - it completely shifts the focus away from the story of an elephant overcoming bullying to some half-baked message about the importance of human families. The anti-bullying message of the original is just as relevant today if not more so, so why remove it? The best things about this movie are Danny Devito and the animation (cgi Dumbo is just as adorable as the hand drawn one). The rest of the cast are competent yet forgettable; but to be fair that's probably because the human characters just aren't well written. Especially poorly written are the two child characters - the boy has no personality whatsoever and while they at least tried to give the girl (Thandie Newton's mini-me Nico Parker) a personality it comes off as phony and forced. While this remake effort isn't completely unwatchable it is easily the weakest of the Disney live action/cgi remakes and reboots. The 80 year old original is still more enjoyable.
This is probably the only one of the recent crop of Disney remakes that actually improves on the original. First off it's closer in tone to the novel which I liked. Mowgli actually has a personality this time around and Christopher Walken makes King Louie a memorable character instead of the throwaway character he was in the cartoon. The cgi environments are absolutely beautiful!
Makes The Black Cauldron look like a masterpiece.
Cheesy good fun! A guilty pleasure movie with a positive message that mindset is more important than outer appearances and sometimes things work out better than we expect. Michelle Williams is great too, her and Amy have good chemistry. Don't expect anything too deep and profound and you might just enjoy it.