Dumbo (2019)

Tim Burton directs Danny DeVito, Michael Keaton and Colin Farrell in this remake of the flying elephant circus soap.

Whisper it but I think Tim Burton might be getting his mojo back. This is chaotic, maudlin and distracted yet it hits a visual authenticity that harks back to the bubblegum gothic that established him. A nostalgic cast, a trace of heart and soul. Like Miss Peregrine this isn’t a classic but it feels just a little more wholemeal than recent remakes and retreads by the former wunderkind. Circus freaks and and theme park satires, Burton’s touchstones and strengths find a home in a film that seems openly critical of Walt Disney-esque figures. Keaton’s otherworldly entertainment tycoon is a Satan in a luxury car. Strange for a remake of a Mousehouse property paid for, produced and put out by the corporation that bears his name to make their own figurehead the big bad?


My Top 10 Michael Keaton Movies

1. Out of Sight (1998)

2. Batman (1989)

3. Batman Returns (1992)

4. The Paper (1994)

5. Toy Story 3 (2010)

6. Birdman (2014)

7. Beetlejuice (1988)

8. Jackie Brown (1997)

9. Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

10. Spotlight (2015)

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