Dolittle is in cinemas and its racking up a healthy amount of less than stellar reviews and for good reason too, because it is pretty bad. A remake of the 1967 classic, Robert Downey Jr stars as a physician who has the ability to talk to animals.
Based on that ‘cute’ premise along with a stellar cast of voice actors like Rami Malek, Octavia Spencer, Ralph Fiennes, Selena Gomez and Tom Holland the film had a perfect premise of being a decent box-office sized hit and quite possibly a successful franchise too. In fact that’s what Eddie Murphy did with his reimagining of Doctor Dolittle in 1998. Unfortunately, there’s no such magic in this mess of a film, despite some impressive CGI and a pretty talented cast.
In fact that’s what Eddie Murphy did with his reimagining of Doctor Dolittle in 1998. Unfortunately, there’s no such magic in this mess of a film, despite some impressive CGI and a pretty talented cast.
Dolittle is set in the Victorian era and centres on the eccentric Dr. John Dolittle (Downey), who has turned into a recluse after losing his wife. However when the Queen falls ill, the doctor is despatched to find a cure with his animal friends along for the ride for good measure.
The premise of the film is simple enough to follow but somehow it manages to unravel the moment the opening credits finish. The cause for this is largely due to the break neck speed of the story, which leaps from one set piece to another, which leaves the audience struggling to catch up on what transpires on screen.
Downey Jr himself delivers a superfluous dialled up performance, completed with a wonky Welsh accent. That pretty much sums up Dolittle, which is just an over the top film that practically overcompensates at every turn. This includes pop culture references despite of the era it is sent in and a totally weird and unnecessary scene involving a constipated dragon.
To sum up the film, Dolittle is pretty much forgettable and pointless. It will also probably go down as Robert Downey Jr’s worse movie he has starred in to date.
Popcorn Rating: Stale.