12 Angry Men

Can anyone believe this? An entire movie, which is shot inside  a single room would become one of the classics, and yet become a top grosser?  Can a 1957  movie  still be relevant?  Is that possible? The answer is yes, and the celluloid classic is 12 Angry Men from the director Sidney Lumet, produced by Henry Fonda, who also starred in the lead character.  In one word this movie just stripped off the American Judiciary.  The movie begins with the Judge's order to deliberate a case of a young man who was acquiesced of stabbing his own father to death.   The Judge asks the members of Jury to give an unanimous verdict, and the poor boy's face fades out as the Juries assembles themselves inside their room.  Except only one of the juries all the members decide that the lad is guilty. Only one man differs and he argues with the fellow members and eventually lead to the acquittal of the lad.  What makes this film so special and very relevant even today is the way it handles the charac

Dumbo 2019

Dumbo - The flying elephant calf hit the theaters this week. Tim Burton's remake of Disney's 1941 classic version of Dumbo has close resemblances to the old one.

I had a chance to watch this movie in real 3 d version. But I was not immersed in the scenes. Some how the advancement of the 3D tech has taken away the thrill of 3D. The format  some how failed to send cold signals down the audiences nerves.

The VFX is wow kind, little Dumbo's eyes are so expressive thanks to it.

The entire story is set around 1919, making it one of the period movies when Circus tents attracted an entire town and how the trade slowly became obsolete and movies flooded to fill the vacuum.

In the initial portions Dumbo pulls some serious sentimental strings but fails to maintain it. Tim had decided that one silhouette of Collin Farrell sitting in the dusk watching his severed hand is enough. It was the only place in the movie that we feel sorry for him and to sympathies him. Later parts too we regret for him, but not for his misfortune in the movie but about the way his talents are wasted.   

Nico Parker, daughter of the famed actress Thandie Newton, did a wow performance in this movie. Tim has tried to match the original but with out success. As usual the movie is Disney family flick, a war hero finds it is very difficult to cope up with his children, who had lost their mother and very depressed.

Danny Elfman did the BGM, in a rousing manner, it is indeed a treat to ears. While watching this movie in the theater the guy sitting in front of me behaved so strange. As little Dumbo started to fly in the dreamland tent it moved its head up and down and gathered speed. They guy who sat  in front of me started to mimic the actions of the elephant calf. He just tried to fly with Dumbo it seems. Typical Tamil movie fanatic, especially after paying his indirect taxes in the near by TASMAC.

Dumbo release is timed right as the big titles are to be released this April (26th Most awaited Endgame, Dark Phoenix and the like) 

This movie is packed with seasoned stars like Eva Green, Danny DeVito and Rohsan Seith.

Micheal Keaton had performed  as Vandimere, a millionaire pervert later becomes a laughing stock.

The mere presence of Joseph Gatt is enough to shiver the audience, his profile is carved out right for this kind of reaction.

One more person worth mentioning is Edd Osmand, the creature performer who performed live action motion capture sequence for Dumbo. Thanks to his experience the elephant is a miracle in the screen. He had also performed in Star Wars, Last Jedi and Snow White and huntsmen.

If you have kids in your home, you should watch this movie, at least to give them a glimpse of those bygone days of glory of Circus.

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