Yesterday, I watched the reboot of the Original Dr Dolittle movie starring the man who needs no introduction, Robert Downey jr. I always watch a film with minimal expectations, which keeps my observations realistic. I wanted to like the movie, but couldn’t. I think it would have been better as a book than a film. The only thing I liked about the film was the visual effects. The direction was dull, actors failed to connect, and both the audience and the critics rejected the film.
Robert Downey Jr. is one of my favourite actors, but he failed to deliver a convincing performance, his accent was terrible, his intonation was inaudible and his magnetic aura was missing from the character of Dolittle. I blame it on the direction of Stephen Gagan. Dolittle could have been a great film if he would have helmed the boat with vision. He tried to make a movie for children and ended up making a film for nobody.
As the movie went on and the adventure happened, one thought kept pinching me, this scene would have looked better in a book, but it failed to impress and engage in the movie. Kids have hope that they will have a good time in the theatres along with their family. Even if you are making a light-hearted film, there has to be some engagement and concern for the characters, which lacked in volumes.
Even the ensemble of famous voice cast, which includes Ralph Fiennes, Salena Gomez, Tom Holland, Rami Malek, John Cena, and Emma Thompson couldn’t save the ship from sinking.