Dumbo Movie Review: Tim Burton's live action directorial is a feast for the senses

Dumbo review: The film which is based on the 1941 animated classic explores the journey of a heart tugging baby elephant Dumbo who initially becomes a laughing stock because of his over sized droopy ears.

Updated on Mar 28, 2019  |  05:00 PM IST |  551.4K
Dumbo Movie Review: Tim Burton live action directorial is a feast for the senses
Dumbo Movie Review: Tim Burton live action directorial is a feast for the senses

Movie: Dumbo

Director: Tim Burton

Cast: Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Eva Green, Alan Arkin

Dumbo Movie Stars: 3.5/5

Tim Burton who earlier gave us musical adventure Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and the fantasy movie Alice in Wonderland is back with a fresh live-action spin on super adorable Dumbo. 

The film which is based on 1941's animated classic explores the journey of a heart-tugging baby elephant Dumbo who initially becomes a laughing stock because of his oversized droopy ears but later he becomes the center of attraction when people in his circus troupe gets to know that he can fly. 

His massive emotive eyes, loveable rumbling growls and his droopy ears will make you go aww whenever he appears on the screen. 

His flight taking capabilities will make you not only root for him but there are scenes that will give you goosebumps too. 

The movie is a metaphor for all the intolerance and discrimination faced by animals (till today). It also ideally showcases the heart-warming bond which is shared by mother and her kids. 

Apart from shedding light on animal rights the movie also subtlely preaches the importance of karma and virtues such as tolerance, love and compassion towards all, including animals. 

Speaking of the highlights, the movie is colorful, funny and emotional and the makers perfectly balanced these elements. 
Also, the smart humor that makes you chuckle a bit, lush background and amiable characters stand out in the movie. 

Both the child actors and Eva Green steal the show with their earnest performances. 

One of the major highlights of the movie is the stunning animation as the CGI is the one best I have seen so far. 

Talking about shortcomings, one of the major setbacks of the movie is the slow pace. The first quarter of the film is quite slow and nonchalant and in few places, I felt that Ehren Kruger, the writer, has poorly etched some parts of the movie but the cuteness of Dumbo overshadows these flaws. 

Overall the movie did spark the childlike joy in me. So, yes you can enjoy this family friendly movie over the weekend with adults and kids both. 


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