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The North Providence Breeze 04-03-2019

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VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER LIVING EDITION | APRIL 3-9, 2019 ENTERTAINMENT 5 Burton's 'Dumbo' lacks magic and inspiration ★★ The dark and macabre director Tim Burton has crafted many films dealing with misfits and outcasts such as "Edward Scissorhands" and even "Batman." In his newest film, he takes on the oversized, floppy-eared pachyderm Dumbo. Another in a long line of live action remakes of classic Disney animated films; this director has already adapted "Alice in Wonderland." The film opens in 1919 Florida with the Medici Brothers Circus, a ragtag and shrinking troupe of performers stretched thin by deaths from influ- enza. Returning home from the war is the now maimed, former trick horse riding star Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell) whose kids are still mourning the loss of their mother. "Dumbo" focuses on the son of mama elephant Jumbo. When born, ringleader Max (Danny DeVito) feels like he's been misled and stuck with a deformed animal. It is only when Holt's daughter realizes the baby can flap his enormous ears and propel himself into the air that the eager pro- moter sees an opportunity. Before long, the baby is thrust into the spotlight and draws the eye and interest of Michael Keaton's conniv- ing and overeager promoter V.A. Vandevere who extends promises to Medici in the hopes of riches from the spectacle of a flying elephant. While the original "Dumbo" was only a hair over one hour long, this new incarnation is almost a full two hours and it feels like three. Gone from this version, thankfully, are some of the now cringeworthy and racist bits, notably the jive talking crows and singing railroad men. There's no friendly mouse egging Dumbo on, and I must confess, I felt this translation abandoned much of the magic of the original. While the film is meant to center around Dumbo, too much atten- tion is bestowed upon his human handlers and performers. Eva Green plays Colette, a high-flying French trapeze artist who is the arm trophy to Vandevere but falls for Farrell's Holt. In the end everything is tied up neatly with a bow and it all feels far too sanitized and predictable. This is by far one of Burton's weak- est outings and the least inspiring live action updates by Disney of one of their own classics. In a small nod to the original, there's a sequence involving giant bubbles that harkens back to the psychedelic giant danc- ing elephants. I'm going to presume that Disney is hedging their bets on the upcoming "Aladdin," which looks very promising, and the equally sen- timental and eagerly awaited "The Lion King." The construction of Vandevere's Dreamland also seemed eerily coincidental to Walt Disney's own Disneyland, with animatronic dis- plays of futuristic inventions, stunning amusement rides and live perfor- mances mixed with pyrotechnics and exaggerated lighting. Alan Arkin shows up in the third act as a financier who may take a gamble on this venture, but is shrewd and wildly funny, taking potshots at the operation. DeVito's Medici is the one constant through the whole film that is truly reliable and it's still amaz- ing to think of the career he's had going back to Louie on "Taxi" from 1978. It should also be noted that both Keaton and DeVito worked for Burton in 1992's "Batman Returns." The film is rated PG. Film Unfiltered TOM BURKE Tim Burton directs the live-action remake of Disney's beloved story of the oversized, floppy-eared pachyderm DUMBO. Dining Guide 1 Morgan Avenue, North Providence, RI 401-349-0557 RESTAURANT HOURS: Mon.-Fri. 4-9 p.m.; Sat. Noon-10 p.m.; Sun. Noon-9 p.m. PIZZA HOURS: Tues.-Thurs. 4-10 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun. 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Offers cannot be combined • Dine In or Take Out! 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