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Dolittle

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Dolittle
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Genre: Fantasy
Starring: Robert Downey Jr.
Antonio Banderas
Michael Sheen
Emma Thompson
Rami Malek
John Cena
Kumail Nanjiani
Octavia Spencer
Tom Holland
Craig Robinson
Ralph Fiennes
Selena Gomez
Marion Cotillard
Photography: Guillermo Navarro
Release Date: January 17, 2020
Runtime: 102 minutes
Country: United States


Dolittle is a 2020 American fantasy adventure film directed by Stephen Gaghan, based on the Doctor Dolittle books by Hugh Lofting. The film stars Robert Downey Jr., Jim Broadbent, Antonio Banderas and Michael Sheen in live-action roles; as well as the voices of Emma Thompson, Rami Malek, John Cena, Kumail Nanjiani, Octavia Spencer, Tom Holland, Craig Robinson, Ralph Fiennes, Selena Gomez, Marion Cotillard, and Carmen Ejogo.

Plot

When Queen Victoria falls ill, reclusive doctor John Dolittle (Robert Downey Jr.) and his animal companions go on a journey to find a cure.

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Redeeming Qualities

  1. Solid visual effects.
  2. An excellent score from veteran composer Danny Elfman.
  3. The film is more faithful to the original stories than Dr. Dolittle (1998).
  4. The ending song "Original" by Sia is pretty good, even though this was the only song featured in this movie.
  5. The opening sequence is solidly animated.

Reception

Dolittle has received negative reviews from critics, including 18% on Rotten Tomatoes, and 27 on Metacritic. Rotten Tomatoes' consensus was that the film "may be enough to entertain very young viewers, but they deserve better than this rote adaptation's jumbled story and stale humor".

However, the film had mixed reception from audiences, including a "B" from Cinemascore; and a 4.5 (from families) and 2.5 (from General Audiences) from PostTrak.

The film's budget has been estimated at $175 million. On its opening weekend, Dolittle opened in third place with $21,844,045. Universal is estimated to lose between $50 to $100 million.

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Trivia

  • Robert Downey Jr. had considered the film to be a passion project.

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