SEEING THE NEW “DUMBO” – Marilyn Armstrong

Release date: March 29, 2019 (USA)
Director: Tim Burton
Budget: 170 million USD
Producers: Ehren Kruger, Derek Frey, Justin Springer, Katterli Frauenfelder
Production companies: Walt Disney Pictures, Tim Burton Productions.

So what can you do in Uxbridge for four hours? We had the exterminators coming and I didn’t want to put it off again. This meant four hours outside for the dogs — and four hours for us to use up. If the day had been even a little brighter, we would have headed for the canal, but it was gray and dim. Not much of a shooting day.

So first, we went to the pot shop. I figured I’d take some new pictures, but there was a line. I was in no mood to stand in line. I suppose it’s like going to the liquor store on Friday. You need to buy enough beer for the weekend. I still wasn’t interested in standing in line, especially since I wasn’t intending to buy anything and I am never in the mood to stand in line. For anything.

Garry said, “Let’s go to the movies.”

“Is anything playing we want to see?”

“I have no idea,” he said, “but what have we got to lose?”

So we went to the movies. I didn’t want to see Captain Marvel. I have overdosed on Marvel movies. Garry didn’t want to see the one about the Black guy who gets into the Klan. That left a couple of things we never heard of … and Dumbo. I voted strongly for Dumbo. And that’s what we saw.

It was directed by Tim Burton. I’ve never liked anything he made in the past. If I’d known he was the director, I’d probably have skipped it. I’m glad we didn’t.

It’s the “Dumbo” that we needed. Happy endings, no need for a crate of tissues … and all the racism snipped out. They use just enough computer graphics to make the little (absolutely adorable) elephant fly, but not too much. It was a really perfect blend of  CGI and human casting.

The reviews were mostly positive and I think should have been even better. It’s an ideal “take the whole family” movie. It has a great cast including  Eva Green, Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, and Alan Arkin. Set in American in 1919, it’s about a family circus. It’s not the “real” America, but I like it better. Real America wasn’t all that lovely back then.

It isn’t as sentimental as the original and that was fine with me. It’s quite sentimental enough and no one kills any animals. Garry and I liked it just the way it way. Moist eyes without hysterical sobbing.

Between the dozen trailers before the movie as well as a few advertisements, we got out at the perfect time to get home to feed the starving puppies.

I don’t think they realized I decided against a sushi dinner because I knew they would be hungry. They don’t appreciate us.

17 thoughts on “SEEING THE NEW “DUMBO” – Marilyn Armstrong

  1. Good review Marilyn, we’ll try to see that one. I looked at the video of cast and was surprised to see how old Alan Arkin looks but I guess he is 85 years old.

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    • Leslie, Arkin now is “the old guy” but he plays it well. He doesn’t have to say anything. My favorite young Arkin film is “The Russians Are Coming, The Russians are Coming”.
      ‘Everybody, please to get off street” — THAT was a funny, feel good movie with an all star cast.
      “Dumbo” gets two tumbs up from us.
      85? There’s still hope for my Hollywood fantasy.

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      • Marilyn, we paid $12 and change for 2 orders of pretzels (Yes, dee-lish) and a coke. Glad I did’t get a hot dawg. That wudda killed all our “fun” money for a month.

        Ol’ Fart memory: one ticket (11 cents for kids), 2 hot dawgs and a drink. Added up to less than a buck in olden times. Plus you got a double feature, plenty of GOOD coming attraction, a cartoon, a newsreel and maybe a prize (dish night?). (Oh, I LOVED the coming attractions!)
        On Saturdays: You had the bonus of the serials. You could spend your whole day at the movies.


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