Movie review: Disney’s Dumbo

Colette Marchant (Eva Green), and Dumbo (performed by Ed Osmond) on a net before the performance. Image courtesy of google.

Colette Marchant (Eva Green), and Dumbo (performed by Ed Osmond) on a net before the performance. Image courtesy of google.

Viviana Castillo, Staff Writer

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If you like movies with happy endings, then you might be interested in Disney’s new version of an old childhood favorite: Dumbo. The movie was released on March 29, 2019.

It scored a 64 on Rotten Tomatoes. The ratings are 6.6 out of 10. Many critics have expressed how the movie takes a dark turn with Mrs. Jumbo and her punishment.

Dumbo (2019), directed by Tim Burton, cost, in total, $170 million to make. The top actors are Finley Hobbins, 11, (Joe Farrier), and Nicole Parker, 14, (Milly Farrier).

The original movie starts off with a pelican dropping off Dumbo in the train cars to Mrs. Jumbo, then having the baby elephant get made fun of by the other elephants in the train car

In the remake, it starts off with a pregnant elephant being bought by Max Medici, played by Danny DeVito, the owner of the circus. When it’s revealed that Mrs. Jumbo gave birth to a calf with oversized ears, Medici then hands off the baby elephant to a retired circus performer (Holt Farrier)  and his two children (Milly and Joe Farrier), claiming that the elephant has “A face only a mother could love!”

There are many differences between the movies, but the biggest difference is the way that Dumbo gets help in finding his mother. In the original movie, he gets help from a mouse. In this new version, the Farrier children help him find his mother, who was taken away after having crashed into Dumbo’s first performance when it went incredibly wrong, with the audience making fun of his ears.

In the original movie, Mrs. Jumbo just gets put in a solidarity cage; in the remade version, however, she gets sold back to her original owner who, only buys her back for half price.

It could have been better, but it was better than what I would have imagined it to be. However, the ending of the movie will make animal lovers cry at how the two elephants are released.

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