Mr. Link recruits explorer Sir Lionel Frost to help find his long-lost relatives in the fabled valley of Shangri-La. Along with adventurer Adelina Fortnight, this trio of explorers travel the world to help their new friend.
Holt was once a circus star, but he went off to war and when he returned it had terribly altered him. Circus owner Max Medici (Danny DeVito) hires him to take care of Dumbo, a newborn elephant whose oversized ears make him the laughing stock of the struggling circus troupe. But when Holt's children discover that Dumbo can fly, silver-tongued entrepreneur V.A. Vandevere (Michael Keaton), and aerial artist Colette Marchant (Eva Green) swoop in to make the little elephant a star.
"This is a disaster" Couldn't agree more character I have no idea why you are in the film...
This is one of the few films I would describe as self-loathing. I honestly don't know what to make of some of the choices the creative team makes. What do you make of a Disney film in which the villain is a Walt Disney stand-in? Keaton's character is puzzling and needlessly complicates the plot. What to make of a film centered on a circus that seems to hate circuses? Burton has always had a lot of obsessions and (too) personal touches in his films. But the way the camera here lingers on certain sets is garish and obsessive to the point of being kitsch. Garish is a good word for this film. It's chock full of unneeded details, forced whimsy, and bizarre sidebars such that the film simply doesn't form a singular entity.
It is part the original Dumbo tale, weirdly sanitized (the crows don't show up, pink elephants is greatly reworked in an incomprehensible way). Worse the story idea of the feather(s) helping Dumbo learn to fly is treated almost like a drug addiction (!!!). It is part family melodrama but without a real clear sense of what the family members means to each other. It is part backstage politics but without a clear sense of why the material is added into the story. It is part self-critique in that the film seems vaguely aware it is started as a soulless money grab yet the film exists as a soulless money grab.
I can't say I was entertained by this film. I have no idea what kids will make of it. But it was engrossing in a trainwreck kind of way. Might be a cult film in 20 years. It is *bad.* But it is bad in a wholly different and more interesting way than I expected.
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