Big Top Pee-wee ★★★

A follow up to Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, but tonally different – not surprising after a change from Warners to Paramount, director, and writing team. It is still a Paul Reubens vehicle for all intents and purposes and his shtick here is still pretty good even if it lacks the dark edge that Tim Burton. Randall Kleiser seems to do a good job, but his style is as conventional as the farm/circus setting. The minute-and-a-half long kiss between Reubens and Valeria Golino is cringe worthy, although that may be really a case of subconscious jealousy seeping through. Look for Benicio Del Toro in his debut as the circus’ wolf man. Danny Elfman scores again, but has to change all the themes due to the change of studios, which is great news as he delivers another great score.

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