It took 5 years for Robert Downey Jr (RDJ) to be able to star in films outside his character as Tony Stark in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The last time RDJ played outside his character as Tony Stark was in 2014 through the film The Judge. This time, RDJ is involved as the main actor and executive producer for the fantasy adventure film of a doctor who can talk to animals, the film is titled ‘Dolittle’. Please note that this film has nothing to do with Dr. Eddie Murphy’s version of Dollitle which has 2 films released in 1998 and 2001. This latest version of Dolittle takes the story in the book The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofthing which was released in 1922.
This film is directed by Stephen Gaghan (Syriana, Gold), this live action film is supported by voice actors whose names are very familiar to us, such as Rami Malek, Ralph Fiennes, Emma Thompson, John Cena, Tom Holland, Octavia Spencer, Slena Gomez. , Marion Cotillard, Kumail Nanjiani and Craig Robinson. As for the script, Stephen Gaghane was assisted by Dan Gregor and Doug Mand.
After losing his beloved wife, Dr. The eccentric John Dolittle (Robert Downey Jr.) secludes himself behind his home and is only accompanied by his exotic pets. But when the queen (Jessie Buckley) falls seriously ill, Dolittle, who initially doesn’t have the courage to help, is forced to come out of her exile to save her life. looking for a cure on an island thought to never exist. The journey of Dolittle and her beloved animals takes her on unexpected adventures, as she discovers amazing creatures, her bravery, her wits and meets her old foe.
As mentioned above, Dolittle is completely different from Eddie Murphy’s version. The most obvious, of course, is the setting of the story. Dolittle also has a much wider and bigger story. Although wider and larger, Dolittle is packed with a very light story that runs narratively. The theme of the story which was conceptualized for a family film also conveys a lot of moral messages. Sounds like advice, but isn’t it a typical family movie, is it?
Even without us finding out, we already know that the RDJ version of the Dolittle is much more expensive in terms of budget than the Eddie Murphy version. With a fairly large budget, it can be seen that every special effect in the film is represented by the animals to the maximum. It’s just that the maximum special effects from all visuals are not accompanied by voice actors. What I mean here is not that the animal voice actors don’t match, on the contrary, the voice actors are the main points of this film. But the mismatch between the sound and movement of the animal’s mouth is a bit disturbing. As if that wasn’t enough, the worst of all was that Doctor Dolittle’s voice, which sounded like a whisper, was not dubbed softly, which in other words felt very harsh. And it happens throughout the film. It’s a pity indeed.
With a light story and very suitable for this family, Dolittle is a fantasy film opener that is quite entertaining. If you don’t expect a complex story and pay attention to very poor sound editing, this could be one of the best films you watched this January.