Robert Downey Junior stars is the new and improved Dr. Dolittle. He is accompanied by some amazing voice talents like Emma Thompson (Polynesia), Selena Gomez (Betsy), Ralph Fiennes (Barry) and many others. Dolittle is a Doctor, with the unique ability to talk to and understand animals. In his early life he opens a Sanctuary given to him by the queen of England but tragedy befalls him and he closes the gates.
Nowadays he lives in solitude, shut off from the world, his only companions being the animals he saved from previous years/explorations. He doesn’t want nor care about the outside world and human interaction. That is until he is sought out by the queen’s young advisor. He is forced to make a decision, stay and do nothing or be brave, face his fears and venture back out into the unknown. He is tasked with finding a rare fruit to heal and incurable ailment before time runs out.
Dr. Dolittle is not alone, he has his animal companions and an unexpected new “Apprentice”, Tommy Stubbins (Harry Collett). Not only must he find something that one believes exists, Dr. Dolittle and his team must also overcome the obstacles that are going to be thrown their way. It will test the team like never before, either ripping them apart or making them closer than ever.
The cast really bring this film together. With their great chemistry and quick wit it makes even better. Stephen Gaghan (Gold, Traffic, Syriana) did an excellent job of putting the film together. The CGI in the film was impeccable.
CGI is definitely getting as time goes on and it really shows in this film. Where other similar films in the past year have been subpar this one really does a great job. The scenery and the picture in Dolittle was mostly well shot and realistic. I loved how many different places the movie was able to explore and the transitions between were very well put together.
All in all I thought this was a great film. I was worried about how Robert Downey Junior would move on after Iron Man, but I thought he did a great job (the accent probably helped).
The humour alone makes this film worth the watch and is a movie I’d tell my family to go see and I loved the different aspects in the film and the lessons you can take away from it.
Dolittle Review at Theater with Standard Viewing
Screening Provided by Allied