Robert Downey Jr.’s first movie following his epic run as Ironman is none other than Dolittle, a classic children’s adventure film in which he can speak to animals.
This movie has an all-star cast: John Cena, Kumail Nanjiani, Emma Thompson, Selena Gomez, Craig Robinson, and Octavia Spencer all provide voice-overs for the animals in this film. These animals, along with Antonio Banderas as a villain, make the movie mildly enjoyable. There are a few good jokes throughout, and a very memorable climax, so it was not completely torturous. But. . .
When we first meet RDJ, he is a scraggly recluse, living in a mansion speaking to his animals. We get to hear him make gorilla noises, bird squawks, mouse squeaks, and more, which is shockingly not as terrible as his Welsh accent he adopts when speaking “human.” He is his same old cranky self, but it does not play as well as it does when he is an Avenger. The main antagonist, played by Michael Sheen, is even more dreadful than RDJ.
I’m not sure if it’s because I have such a soft spot for Eddie Murphy in Doctor Dolittle, or if I read too much about it beforehand, but it was a tough 100 minutes to get through. However, overhearing about a dozen people as we were leaving, other adults (including my fiancé) actually liked the film. It’s a toss up. . . If you see it, let me know where you stand!