Last Saturday, only 1 day after it came out, I went to see Dumbo in my local cinema. To be honest with you, I’m not that big of a fan of the Original Dumbo. Don’t get me wrong I’m absolutely obsessed with the Flying Dumbo ride at Walt Disney World but the film itself isn’t that interesting me. I went into the cinema not knowing what to expect – I’d heard mixed reviews but I’m happy to say it was very good. I really enjoyed it.
I think the reason I liked this film so much was it was quite different to the original. I have to admit I don’t really like the Disney Live Actions. I feel that they just never live up to the original and it always leaves me feeling disappointed when I go to see them. However, Dumbo was definitely inspired by the original – not a remake of it. I thought it was good to have a little bit of a different story line with the children and their father as well as their circus company who were invited to join the grand Dreamland company. It started like the 1942 film, Dumbo was born and made fun of and when Mrs. Jumbo protected him, she was sent away. The relationship between Dumbo and his mother was really heartwarming. It clearly represented the lengths any mother would go to protect their child, it was really beautiful. But then it developed into the story of training Dumbo and an evil business man who wants to use Dumbo so he can profit from his talents – in his eyes Dumbo is just a money making machine, nothing more. The children fight for what’s right and the ending is lovely.
There were also a few parts of Dumbo that weren’t to my taste. To start with the film was 1 hour and 52 minutes long. To me, this is just a bit too lengthy and along with adverts it means you’re in the cinema for almost 2 and a half hours. Furthermore, I missed the character of Timothy. Q mouse. Although he was mentioned, he didn’t really have a role in the film. His duties were kind of handed over to the children, Millie and Joe, who encouraged Dumbo and made him realise that he could do anything.
Overall, I would rate Dumbo –
It was a heartwarming movie that exceeded my expectations, but I won’t be in a rush to see it again.