Everyone’s favorite baby elephant hit the big screen last Friday, March 29th. I was lucky enough to snag tickets to see it a day early at the famous El Capitan theater in Hollywood. This was my first time seeing anything at this theater, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I paid $30 for my ticket and was guaranteed a commemorative popcorn bucket and drink plus admission to see the film. When I arrived at the theater, the premier of Shazam! was happening, so it was pretty chaotic and getting to the door was a little harder than expected. Getting in, though, was a breeze. It was crowded, of course, but the lines for photo ops and concessions was moving pretty quickly. At the concessions stand, I showed them my ticket and received my popcorn and drink. The popcorn came in a different bucket than the commemorative bucket which I appreciated so it didn’t get all greasy from the popcorn.
I got there with plenty of time to walk around the theater and see all of its glory. They had special photo ops, artwork, and items/costumes from the film on display.
I made my way back to my seat, where before the film started; prizes were given out (no luck for me…), an introduction from Joseph Gatt who played Neils Skellig about the film, and then an amazing mini “circus” performance. Then, the curtains opened and it was show time…
Final thoughts: I wasn’t a huge fan of the idea of Tim Burton directing this from the beginning. His style is very unique and I didn’t think it was well suited for this story line. However, when I saw the preview in Disneyland, I felt more comfortable because I didn’t really get that vibe in the 7 minute sneak peek. The story, overall, was very enjoyable. Definitely held back some tears a few times. For the most part, I was a fan of the additions to the original they made. Just when I thought we were clear of the “Burton Effect”, it came in full force with the “Dreamland” scenes. It just was too unrealistic for the time frame (1919) of the film. Plus it was very dark and slightly creepy. I understood the twist concept but it just wasn’t working for me. Dumbo, the character, was done so well though. The special effects were unbelievable and he was the cutest thing ever with those eyes and ears! I really appreciated all the emotions the film took me through; happy, sad, angry, heart broken, etc. The family aspect really hit home and pulled some heart strings. Overall, I still would recommend seeing this because I think it’s done fairly well and I would still be willing to pay to go see it in theaters and think it makes for a good experience. It’s a new spin on a classic that might seem “weird” at times but there are a lot more “yes”s than “no”s to me.
Don’t just fly, SOAR!
~ Beauty and the Ballpark