Ultimately, this film is about preserving legacies, be it from an android or human…
March 11, 2022 Locations in Toronto, Vancouver, Hamilton and Kingston
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Trying to continue living without that special other by your side can be hard and lifeAfter Yangshows just how difficult it is for Jake’s (Colin Farrell) multicultural family to move on. This film is very meditative in examining who Yang (Justin H. Min) was prior to being acquired. He’s a techno sapien (an android). They were made to be assistants, butlers or maids for this future society.
This ‘bot was acquired to be Mika’s (Malea Emma Tjandrawidjaja) babysitter. She’s adopted and doesn’t know her Chinese heritage. Yang helps her, and their bond is heartwarming. But when he “deactivates,” Mika is confused. She doesn’t understand what death is. Her parents are having trouble explaining and this is a subplot in itself. What we see here is how Jake tries to get this robot operational again.
Had the story diverted to finding Dumbo’s herd and capturing more, I would be hooked. Technically, this era was one of exploration and such practices were not unheard of.
Disney’s film entertainment division really need not turn all their past animated hits to live-action spectacles. That said, Dumbo is the latest and while it looks terrific in a post-World War I America setting, none of the backstories matters. Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell) comes home to his two kids, Milly (Nico Parker) and Joe (Finley Hobbins) who have been living at the circus. Prior to being sent off to fight for his country, the father was part of a circus act–a headliner.
Before anyone can yell, “It’s showtime!” enter the elephant’s mother and the birth of a big-eared baby pachyderm. The CGI is decent, but the emotional performance is hit and miss. Unlike Gollum, and other animated critters, who have graced cinema in the past, to convey fear and grief is only as good as understanding the creature itself.