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By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Visually impressive remake is sweet but sometimes dark.

Movie PG 2019 105 minutes
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Burton's colorful reimagining of Disney's 1941 classic is visually impressive and stars an adorable CGI flying elephant, but the plot and characterizations are underwhelming. Shot entirely indoors, the film uses a ton of special effects, from the digital removal of Holt's arm and the creation of the entirely CGI baby Dumbo to the elaborate backdrops of Dreamland and any outdoor sequence, including the sky itself. The movie's technical aspects -- including the art direction, the costume design (by four-time Academy Award winner Colleen Atwood), and the special effects -- are all outstanding. Music by frequent Burton collaborator Danny Elfman incorporates the touching song "Baby Mine" and other pieces from the original, here rendered as instrumentals rather than with words.

But while there's a certain joy in seeing Burton veterans like Keaton and DeVito reunite, the plot mostly focuses on the Farriers and their interaction with Dumbo. Siblings Milly and Joe have a sweet relationship, but the young actors don't have much familial chemistry with their on-screen father. (Eva Green, also a Burton regular, can effortlessly evoke mystery and danger at this point in her career and is well cast as Vandevere's star performer, Colette.) And it's a shame that the diverse ensemble that makes up Max's circus isn't used more. Still, the movie's main draw is less the cast than the opportunity to ooh and aah at flying Dumbo -- who, in Burton's vision, gets a happier ever after than in the animated original.

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