TV & FILM
brian-mcgee - November 15, 2018
This rather obnoxious phase of Disney remaking their animated classics as cgi-heavy live action films was all started by Tim Burton's wildly successful 2010 adaptation of Alice in Wonderland. Now he returns to the scene of the crime for the only thing he loves more than Christmas, which is the circus, with Dumbo.
Dumbo was originally scheduled to star Will Smith, but the star backed out before filming began to play the Genie in Aladdin. Instead we've got blandly handsome "everyman" Colin Farrell, which is an obvious trade down, but at the very least prevents an African American lead from doing things an African American man would not have been able to say or do in the early 20th century.
Thankfully we've secured the services of another old Burton buddy, Michael Keaton, who's working with the director for the first time since 1992's Batman Returns. Eva Green is also on hand as the requisite statuesque brunette, a must for any Tim Burton film, and of course, Danny DeVito.
I must say that the most delightful thing about Tim Burton and Danny DeVito working together—here for the third time—is that there's always an enormous top hat involved. I sincerely wish I could take credit for this...
Dumbo flies into theaters on March 29, 2019