This is a sweet and unflinchingly earnest coming of age story. It's manic love for Springsteen would be annoying if it weren't so sincere. So if you're looking for a feel-good film with outrageously 80s fashion and Saturday night karaoke vibes, look no further.
The plot is mundane and muddled, but Kristen Stewart & Naomi Scott seem to genuinely be having fun nevertheless and that makes a difference.
There's also some incredibly strange edits at play here because the film is frankly far too long for what it is. Meanwhile if you actually take the time to check the deleted scenes it seems character development was the one thing they left on the cutting room floor.
P.S. There's a surprisingly high body count that would be refreshing if it weren't so haphazard.
In the era of Disney live action remakes, I appreciate that Dumbo attempts to bring something new to the table instead of just coasting on nostalgia. However the execution ends up being lackluster as Burton's penchant for peculiarities loses the heart that made the original so beloved. There's just a little too much going on for the script to fully commit to any one idea. Also the irony of Disney pushing a film that criticizes the callousness of giant monopolies…