There are things to love about Robert Downey Jr.’s first post-Avengers vehicle, Dolittle.
It takes a more serious story approach than Eddie Murphy’s films, and aims for more classic characters. Downey Jr. is wonderful as the man who can communicate with animals.
The special effects and sheer incredible amount of mammals on display will delight children. Unfortunately, though, is the fact that this tale of Dolittle trying to find a legendary island with his young apprentice just didn’t hit the mark.
Directed by Oscar winner Stephen Gaghan, one hopes he and producer Downey Jr. put a bit more into the script than they did the visuals.
One thing is for sure: the voice cast, including Emma Thompson, Rami Malek, Tom Holland, and the incredible Ralph Fiennes is pretty perfect.
I’m just dismayed that what could have been a classic ends up an intense missed opportunity.