Movie Review – Dumbo – A live action remake your kids will enjoy

Movie Review - DumboIf you have a toddler, Dumbo is one of the few movies in the theater now that is specifically for your child. It’s PG-rated, so your kid won’t come home and ask you questions you don’t know how to answer. If you are worried about animal mistreatment with the circus background, by the end of the movie, they did mention no animals should be kept captive.

I was born and raised in China, and watching the original 1941 Dumbo with my dad is a piece of heartwarming memory from my early childhood. I was around 5 when I first watched it on a VideoCD. It was called “小飞象”  — Little flying Elephant — in Chinese. Yes, VCDs did exist.  🙂

Walking into the theater, I didn’t have an expectation. But as I was watching it, I was that 5-year-old girl again. The story has been changed here and there to fit the live action, but the spirit has not been changed at all. As far as I’m concerned, this movie brings back almost the same feelings I experienced over two decades ago. I’d call that a successful remake.

But for adults who don’t have any emotional connections to the original piece, this movie is probably going to be clicheic and pre-mature for you. It’s a remake that tries to be true to the original piece, so it’s still head to toe a 1940s style kids’ story. Unless, of course, you just like the idea of a cute little flying elephant.

Now here’s something extra for those who have watched the TV show West World: does the little girl in Dumbo remind you of anyone? 😉

Grade: B

About The Peetimes: We have a really good (recommended) Peetime right about the middle of the movie. Try to use that if you can. The last Peetime is okay, but you’ll miss a nice father-daughter scene. The 1st Peetime is only for Emergencies, because it’s short and is immediately followed by a scene that shouldn’t be missed, especially by children.

There are no extra scenes during, or after, the end credits of Dumbo. (What we mean by Anything Extra.)

Rated (PG) for peril/action, some thematic elements, and brief mild language
Genres: Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Remake, Reboot, Sequel

比正片梗还多的死侍2海报合集

本月科幻电影可以说是高潮迭起。科幻迷们刚刚顶着剧透嗑完复仇者联盟,马上又迎来了全球星战外传汉索罗。这满足感,怎么说,可能刚刚够填补死侍2无缘大陆的空虚感吧。

虽然无缘正片,但是死侍2营销组的同学还是为我们带来了充满死侍幽默的系列海报。由于工作太出色,甚至收到了影迷们一致强烈要求的加薪应援。我们一张一张来,边看边解释:

1> “来自杀死了金刚狼的工作室”

这张海报是戏谑去年金刚狼系列最后一部《罗根》中,金刚狼领便当的结局。(如果你还不知道金刚狼系列已经领便当了,那应该也不会在意这剧透吧…)海报最上一行英文翻译过来就是“来自杀死了金刚狼的工作室”,也就是福克斯。X战警系列中的角色和漫威一直纠缠不清,其中种种在这里不详述,总之现在影院的死侍系列和X战警系列都是属于福克斯的,所以其实这是一个自嘲。另外瑞安·雷诺兹也一直很想让死侍和金刚狼出现在同一部电影里,这其实也是一个来自粉丝的呐喊。

当然这张海报里的玄机还不止这行字。首先一汪池水就不用多说,pool就是池子的意思。画面中央的死侍坐在一只充气天鹅身上,加之这是戏谑金刚狼之死,推测是暗喻“Swansong”,天鹅之歌,中文译为“绝唱”。

到这里,这张海报的梗还远没有结束。更多信息量需要结合这条官方Instagram一起来看:

官方发这张海报的时候写到:“我们所有人都在这儿了,甚至包括厨房水槽。”

先来看“所有人”,整个“X-Force”都在这儿了。角色名称中文翻译太扎心了,就不在这里重复了。但是大家注意到没,死侍左边一个漂浮的降落伞包。所以正片上映之前大家都猜到了,X-Force里面有一个隐形人的角色。至于这个隐形人是谁,看了电影之后,还真的小惊喜了一下,在这里就不剧透了。那么“厨房水槽”是什么梗?继续我们的英语小课堂……英语里有一句俚语是:“everything but the kitchen sink”。大致意思就是超乎想象,能想到的都有了。这张海报里用到了”everything and the kitchen sink”,比原句还厉害。所以海报里很字面地把厨房水槽放了上去,也是一个让北美人民们看到会心一笑的梗。

2>二度降临

这张海报不用太多解释,模仿米开朗基罗在西斯廷教堂“天花板”上的壁画《创造亚当》,来自圣经《创世纪》。还是把原画放上来直观感受一下:

这幅名画早已被一再解读,有兴趣可以自己搜来看。巧的是,这幅画在诺兰弟弟的剧《西部世界》里也出现过,就挂在CEO福特的办公室里。暗喻人类创造AI,如同上帝创造人类。

《西部世界》

有意思的是,画中上帝背景一直被解读如同一颗心脏,但自从人类在发明AI的道路上越走越远,这幅画被更多地用来类比人类和AI的关系之后,也有越来越多的解读认为上帝背景也可能是对人类大脑的描绘。

回到死侍海报,电索(Cable)背后一团像是离子云,也让粉丝们纷纷推测电索是不是穿越来的。

3>《The Goonies》Credit: Andy Fairhurst


这张海报是官方邀请粉丝画的,真的是让人笑出声来的同时,莫名很暖心(?)为什么呢?如果你看过《七宝奇谋》(《The Goonies》),应该还记得电索的扮演者乔什·布洛林(Josh Brolin)在其中扮演了小主角Mikey的哥哥Brand。其中有一段情节就是Brand骑着从小女孩那抢来的粉色小自行车(跟海报里的车一毛一样),被一辆跑车拖着走的情节。如果你没看过这片,推荐可以作为背景音放着看看。虽然是老片,但是编剧是斯皮尔伯格,放到现在看会有一种错时代的搞笑感。不仅可以看到青少年乔什·布洛林,Mikey的扮演者长大后还成为了《魔戒》系列里佛罗多最好的伙伴山姆哦。

言归正传,海报里的出租车明显就是印度小哥的车。这张海报致敬演员的老片子。可爱。真的是可爱。

4>《Flashdance》

恩,这个经典pose出自一部1983年的歌舞片《闪电舞》。主角是一个有着舞蹈梦的女孩。怎么说,姿势赢了。

5>感恩节系列

Norman-Rockwell 《Freedom from Want》-1943


上下一对比,大家来找茬。下面这幅画,也算是北美名画了,感恩节标志性画作之一。

死侍玩得也是很溜,感恩节和杂志《The Good Housekeeping》来了个跨界。封面就满满槽点,内页还有死侍的感恩节来信、死侍教你如何“切火鸡”等经典死侍幽默内容。

6>邀请粉丝版

上面《The Goonies》说到死侍官方邀请粉丝给死侍画的海报,还有其他4张如下:

Credit: Patrick Brown


Credit: Alice X. Zhang


Credit: John Gallagher (这张仔细看死侍在自拍)


Credit: Jarreau Wimberly


写到这里,我也是真的累了。今天也算是和大家一起见识见识,一部电影,张张海报有梗,是一种什么样的体验。

Movie review: Blockers

This is a typical popcorn comedy. If you enjoyed American Pie you will probably enjoy this one. It has fulfilled its purpose to make the audience laugh quite often. The plot is a cliche but really doesn’t matter that much to this movie. The acting is standard with the adults but impressive with the kids.

I read some reviews of this movie. It has a surprisingly low rating, which I don’t think it deserves. A critique of this movie is pointless. Did the audience laugh? Yes. That’s all anyone needs to know. Set aside all the intense things in your life for a second and just have some good silly laughs in the theater.

Grade: B

Movie review: Gringo

The ending of this movie reminds me a little bit of Guy Ritchie’s *Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels*, only it isn’t nearly as good. I would give this movie a C for about the first 3/4, and B- for the last 1/4 — where there’s actual humor and action.

The humor in this movie is a disappointment. If your average comedy is “Hahaha”, this one is a “Ha”. I was expecting funny scenes and lines, and just got tired of waiting. The acting is like a dramatic comedy, but without the humor and drama. It’s just a little over the top, like they were trying too hard.

Throughout the movie the director tries to create a world upside down: the greedy guys get to win every time. (Yes, it’s expressed as heavy-handed as it sounds.)

At least the last 20 minutes of this movie made me think that it’s not all that bad.

Grade: C+