Film: The elephant in the room is the story

Tim Burton, who transports his well-cast ensemble of real-life actors to a meticulous CGI world, but neglects to give them anything interesting to do when they get there

31st March, 2019
Finley Hobbins, Nico Parker and Colin Farrell in Dumbo

Dumbo: Directed by Tim Burton, Nationwide, PG, Rating: ***

At Eternity’s Gate: Directed by Julian Schnabel, Selected, 12A, Rating: ***

Disney has 17 live-action remakes of its animated back catalogue at various stages of development, and will release three more this year, including this do-over of the flying elephant fairytale Dumbo. The simple and sentimental original was the now all-powerful studios fourth-ever release in 1941, but wasn’t then and isn’t now...

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