Robert Downey Jr. Delivers a Delightful Family Adventure

Dolittle is a delicious adventure that will make adults and children laugh. Robert Downey Jr. and his menagerie of CGI creatures will make the sourest cat smile. The film completely took me by surprise. A disappointing trailer had my expectations in the basement. It was after numerous new shots repeatedly delayed release. Dolittle looked like a big budget flop exiled to the waste rock in January. No matter what happened before. The end product is what matters. Dolittle is a fun family movie with lots of memorable characters.

In Victorian England, the legendary Dr. Dolittle became a recluse. A terrible tragedy blocking his gift to speak to animals far from the world. In the woods near the grounds of Dolittle the young Tommy Stubbins (Harry Collett) is forced to go hunting by his naughty uncle. Stubbins hurts a squirrel and is beset with guilt for his cruel actions. He decides to bring the dying animal to the only person who can save his life.

Lady Rose (Carmel Laniado), another youngster looking for Dolittle talents, is also arriving. The Queen (Jessie Buckley) is near death after mysteriously falling ill. Dr. Dolittle is his last hope for survival. In the beginning Dolittle laughed at having helped one or the other child. Her trusted macaw, Polly (Emma Thompson), reminds her of the issues. He would never allow an injured animal to suffer. And if the queen dies, her precious animal refuge would be resumed. Dolittle is soon on a globetrotting mission to find a cure for the monarch. But the forces of evil at the royal court (Michael Sheen, Jim Broadbent) and a very angry pirate (Antonio Banderas) threaten the mission. Dolittle will have to depend on Stubbins and his dear animal friends to save the situation.

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When Dolittle interacted with his animal companions, he the air disturbed by the human world. He barks like a dog, howls, whistles and blows while hitting his chest. But the animals hear and respond like a regular conversation. They are thieves of fantastic scenes. Each famous actor is perfectly suited to his animal counterpart. Polly gets the most screen time, but the supporting cast takes turns to shine. Rami Malek expresses Chee-Chee, a gorilla terrified of everything. Her daughter's screams made me laugh non-stop. Then you have the summer-loving polar bear, Yoshi (John Cena); who constantly laughs at the stretched ostrich Plimpton (Kumail Nanjiani). There are many more animals in the fray, but Kevin the squirrel (Craig Robinson) was my favorite. He survives his gunshot wound to add a funny and continuous comment.

Besides Stubbins, Dolittle talks mainly with CGI animals. Robert Downey Jr. conducts a symphony of visual effects humor. His reactions are impeccable and engaging. A decade over the filming of loaded Marvel effects, the comic juggernauts have further refined his considerable acting talent. Dolittle works because you believe in the abilities of the protagonist. Some scenes look like a video game, but you've never been out of the fantasy. Robert Downey Jr. lives entirely Dolittle . The strength of its performance allows CGI elements to shine.

Dolittle The plot is simple, but effective. There is never any doubt about the outcome of the film. The comedy and action pieces along the way are the real draws. The animals are cute and endearing. I laughed constantly throughout. The recoveries have definitely worked. Dolittle is a production of MRC and Roth Films distributed by Universal Pictures.

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 Julian Roman at Movieweb


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