The latest live-action Disney remake comes in the form of Dumbo and the reviews are in.
Tim Burton was drafted into helm the CGI-leaden adaptation of the classic 1941 animation about a little elephant with massive ears that allow him to fly and the anticipation for its release has been palpable.
The movie features Colin Farrell, Danny Devito, Eva Green and Michael Keaton and introduces Thandie Newtonâ€™s daughter Nico Parker as one of the child leads who befriends little Dumbo, along withÂ Finley Hobbins as her onscreen brother.
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Ahead of its release the reviews embargo has finally lifted and this is what critics had to say.
ForbesÂ argues thatÂ â€œDumboÂ is a pretty good movie, with strong production values, excellent performances by a game cast and a third act that ends things on a very high note,â€ whileÂ Time OutÂ saysÂ â€œthe story is busied-up with subplotsâ€ involving the human characters so,Â â€œunsurprisingly, little Dumbo seems a bit lost in the hubbub at times.â€
Peter Bradshaw of the Guardian was less keen saying, â€œall the charm and heartbreak of Disneyâ€™s classic animation is missing in this retro-futurist, live-action clunker.â€
Angie Han of Mashable says,Â â€œDumbo ends up feeling more like a sideshow than a main attraction,â€ and that rather than centering it around the titular elephantâ€™s cuteness it â€œprobably would have been better off letting its freak flag fly.â€
While Geoffrey Macnab of the Independent says, â€œthereâ€™s plenty of humour and pathos in the directorâ€™s re-imagining of the animated Disney classic.â€
Hereâ€™s what critics are saying on Twitter:
I donâ€™t have much to fault in #Dumbo, but something has to have gone wrong for me not to fall in love with a movie feat. Eva Green swinging on a chandelier. My That Darn Movie Show review: https://t.co/oot9RYW77z
â€” Clarisse Loughrey (@clarisselou) March 26, 2019
DUMBO is the best Tim Burton movie in a long time, which makes it just “regular bad” instead of “Jeff Koons meets The Lawnmower Man bad.”
kinda tough to stomach an anti-corporate fable from the conglomerate that’s eating hollywood!
â€” david ehrlich (@davidehrlich) March 26, 2019
Hereâ€™s the filmâ€™s synopsis:
Struggling circus owner Max Medici enlists a former star and his two children to care for Dumbo, a baby elephant born with oversized ears. When the family discovers that the animal can fly, it soon becomes the main attraction â€” bringing in huge audiences and revitalizing the run-down circus. The elephantâ€™s magical ability also draws the attention of V.A. Vandevere, an entrepreneur who wants to showcase Dumbo in his latest, larger-than-life entertainment venture.
Dumbo is in cinemas on Friday