‘Dumbo’ Film Review

Grade: A

Danny DeVito, Danny Elfman, Michael Keaton, Colin Farrell, Derek Frey, Rick Heinrichs, Ehren Kruger, Chris Lebenzon, Deobia Oparei, Roshan Seth, Ben Davis, Eva Green, Joseph Gatt, Frank Bourke, Sharon Rooney, Ragevan Vasan, Nico Parker, Finley Hobbins, and Zenaida Alcalde in Dumbo (2019)

When it comes to remaking a Disney classic such as 1941’s ‘Dumbo’, extra care should be taken to ensure that its touching story of a baby misfit elephant with huge ears never loses its charm or heart. Never have I expected Tim Burton to take on the task, especially since he has had bad luck with remaking certain movies (‘Planet of the Apes’, ‘Alice in Wonderland’). The task of making this animated classic live-action fare seemed like a hit-or-miss, yet Burton is known for adding whimsy to his work, which his most recent remake is full of. Needless to say, I was touched, amazed, awe-inspired, and even teary-eyed.

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‘Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children’ Film Review.

Grade: B

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Movie Poster

Tim Burton -after directing the Margaret Keane biopic, ‘Big Eyes’ starring Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz -is now back in the director’s seat to show us his vision of Ransom Riggs’ (obvious) best-selling novel ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children’, which stars a very pretty Eva Green as the title character, Asa Butterfield (from the horrible ‘Ender’s Game’) and a cast of young actors as the children kept away from the outside world due to their “peculiarity”. There’s the bee-breathing Hugh (Milo Parker); Emma, (Ella Purnell) the posh blue-dressed child who has the power to breath a gust of wind, and float when not wearing her lead shoes; the masked ballerina twins, (Thomas and Joseph Odwell) who have a secret peculiarity that serves a purpose during the films major fight; Fiona, (Georgia Pemberton) who can make plant life grow to an unusually large size; Brownwyn, (Pixie Davis) who is extremely strong; Claire, (Raffiella Chapman) who has a Computer-generated monster mouth in the back of her head (that leads to comical results); Horace, (Hayden Keeler-Stone) who can literally project his dreams and show them to the other children during something Miss Peregrine calls “Movie Night”; Enoch, (Finlay MacMillian) who uses real live organs to bring dead, or non-living things to life; Olive, (Lauren McCrostie) who can heat up anything she touches, and also has the power to conjure up fire (like Elsa from ‘Frozen’ if she were the complete opposite, or Diablo from ‘Suicide Squad’); and the invisible Millard (Cameron King). 

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