Dolittle: A Reboot Which Never Should Have Been Made

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.