Dumbo is fly­ing high again

The Galloway News - - MOVIES BILL CUNNINGHAM -

Con­tin­u­ing at The Cin­ema in New­ton Ste­wart for an­other week is Dis­ney’s re­make of their 1941 clas­sic Dumbo (PG).

This is the lat­est in their never-end­ing re­makes of their back cat­a­logue of an­i­mated fea­tures and it has di­vided crit­i­cal opin­ion 50/50. So, does it fly or flop?

Well of course the love­able lit­tle CGI baby ele­phant flies and very ef­fec­tively too thanks to the CGI wiz­ards.

But once the film has paid homage to the orig­i­nal – a Casey Jones Train, storks fly­ing over the cir­cus wag­ons as Mrs Jumbo gives birth and the de­mo­li­tion of the cir­cus tent when it all goes wrong - the film veers off into a new plot line in­volv­ing Danny De Vito, owner of the run­down cir­cus fall­ing for a tempt­ing of­fer by wily theme park owner Michael Keaton.

As is com­mon with cur­rent Dis­ney and in the hands of Tim Bur­ton the fram­ing story is down beat al­though Keaton hams it up to ter­rific ef­fect.

One time cir­cus star Colin Farrell re­turns from WW I, hav­ing lost an arm and his wife while away and his two chil­dren are the key to dis­cov­er­ing Dumbo’s tal­ents.

Once we are whisked away to the glitzy su­per park, Dream­land, we are treated to a Busby Berke­ley spec­tac­u­lar and a hair-rais­ing stunt with Dumbo and trapeze star Eva Green.

But the park has a darker side and an all-ac­tion cli­max leads to an eco­log­i­cally and emo­tion­ally sat­is­fy­ing con­clu­sion.

The orig­i­nal re­mains the clas­sic best but the new one is en­ter­tain­ing in its own way de­spite be­ing over-long and heavy­weight.

There are no films at The Fullar­ton in Cas­tle Dou­glas un­til April 12 but on Sun­day the Event Cin­ema is a visit to Moscow for the Bol­shoi Bal­let in The Golden Age.

With mu­sic by Shostakovi­ch this is a satire of Europe dur­ing the Roar­ing Twen­ties with a jazzy mu­sic score and mu­sic-hall at­mos­phere. It in­volves a love story and gang­sters in sea­side town - Romeo and Juliet set to tan­gos, rag-time and cabaret.

The Fri­day film to­mor­row at the Birch­vale Theatre in Dal­beat­tie is, Wi­d­ows (15), based on the 1980’s TV series and fol­lows three wi­d­ows of de­ceased crooks who de­cide to ‘hon­our’ their mem­ory by car­ry­ing out their men­folk’s $5 mil­lion heist. But there are more than the cops and the Banks in­ter­ested in their ac­tiv­i­ties in this stylish thriller.

At the Burns Cen­tre Film Theatre in Dum­fries most of the week is filled with, All Is True (12a), in which Ken­neth Branagh di­rects and stars as Wil­liam Shake­speare in this af­fec­tion­ate tribute to his lit­er­ary hero.

Writ­ten by Ben El­ton who also writes ‘Up­start Crow’ for TV, the film is the story of the last three years in Shake­speare’s life.

Fol­low­ing the de­struc­tion of the Globe Theatre in a fire, Shake­speare re­turns to Strat­ford and his wife Anne Hath­away, played by Judi Dench. He is haunted by the death of his eleven-year-old son and per­plexed by the feisty per­son­al­i­ties of his daugh­ters. But the ar­rival of his old muse the Earl of Southamp­ton (Ian McKel­lan), re­vives old mem­o­ries and feel­ings.

Also, on Fri­day only is the emo­tional drama, Boy Erased (15), di­rected, pro­duced and fea­tur­ing Joel Edger­ton as the leader of a gay con­ver­sion ther­apy pro­gramme.

Jared (Lu­cas Hedges) is the son of a Bap­tist preacher (Rus­sell Crow) and his wife (Ni­col Kid­man) who can­not rec­on­cile with his son’s sit­u­a­tion. The re­sult is a pow­er­ful con­flict based on a true story. The Mon­day al­ter­na­tive is a film from Le­banon, Caper­naum (15). It is a heart-wrench­ing story of 12 year- old Beirut street boy who has es­caped from his abu­sive home life.

After he lands in prison, he takes part in a TV stunt in which he takes his par­ents to court for al­low­ing him to be born.

But this is a means to high­light the poverty and suf­fer­ing in the coun­try.

The film won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Fes­ti­val.

All Is True Star­ring Ken­neth Bran­nagh as Wil­liam Shake­speare

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