Dolittle

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Dolittle
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The correct tagline would be "He's not a person that people would want to be around with."
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. It was theatrically released in the United States on January 17, 2020 by Universal Pictures.

Plot

Dr. John Dolittle lives in solitude behind the high walls of his lush manor in 19th-century England. His only companionship comes from an array of exotic animals that he speaks to on a daily basis. But when young Queen Victoria becomes gravely ill, the eccentric doctor and his furry friends embark on an epic adventure to a mythical island to find the cure.

Bad Qualities

  1. Crude humor throughout the film.
    • One big example is an inappropriate scene where Dr. Dolittle literally pulls objects like a bagpipe out of a dragon's butt.
  2. There is hardly any plot, which makes the film very confusing. In fact, many of the subplots are never resolved.
  3. Poor acting, even from Robert Downey Jr, which is inexcusable because he gave a great performance in both the Iron Man movies and the Avengers movies.
    • Robert Downey Jr. does a poor job in doing a Welsh accent for his character.
    • Also, most of the animals' voice actors sound almost bored.
  4. Pointless one-liners from the talking animals, some of which are too modern for Victorian England.
  5. Sound mixing is pretty bad.
  6. The characters are rather bland and forgettable.
  7. Stephen Gaghan, who is known for directing gritty films such as Syriana, was a poor choice to direct the film.
    • Following poor test screenings due to Stephen Gaghan's original script's gritty tone, director Jonathan Liebesman orchestrated 21 days of reshoots, which took a toll on the film's budget. He also hired Chris McKay to help write new material after it became clear from first cuts that the comedy elements of the film were not coming together as well as the producers had hoped.
  8. There is a cartoonish-looking dragonfly that looks completely out-of-place in comparison to the more realistic animals.

Good 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.
  6. The story can be a bit unpredictable sometimes.
  7. Robert Downey Jr. made this movie as a passion project, so you can't be too harsh on something that someone dreamed so long to do.

Reception

Dolittle has received negative reviews from critics, mainly due to the stale humor, pacing, and incoherent story, including 13% on Rotten Tomatoes, and 27 on Metacritic. Rotten Tomatoes' consensus was that the film says, "Dolittle 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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Comments


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Sofaking we todd it

13 months ago
Score 0
The new decade is off to a bad start.
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Sofaking we todd it

13 months ago
Score 0
And before anyone says it, yes, I know movie studios release movies that they have no faith in on January. I just didn't expect two 2020 movies already on this wiki this soon.
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Chang

13 months ago
Score 1
Unless it's Bad Boys for Life, the first good movie of the year.
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Raynard1

5 days ago
Score 0
Holy... You are right!
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PhantomVulture

13 months ago
Score 1
yeah, I didn't like this either. The film just felt like some characters just come and go, it wasn't funny in the slightest, was rushed a bit and adding a dragon just didn't fit with the source material. Do yourself a favour and just watch either the first Eddie Murphy film or the original movie from 1967.
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Collaterale1

13 months ago
Score -1
The 1967 film isn't that good either
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The Autistic Balto

8 months ago
Score 1
Even if the 1967 film is bad, it looks better than this.
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ChroniclesXII

13 months ago
Score 1
Yes, I saw a box office bomb, mwahahaha! Though seriously, is it bad that I DO like it?
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HellLord

9 months ago
Score 0
No, it isn't bad that you like it
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Corina2001

13 months ago
Score -2
Tbh, Tom Holland did not deserve to star in this trainwreck.😞 #MyPeterParker
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EnnardTrap1987

12 months ago
Score 2

Tobey Maguire will always be better though.

In MY opinion.
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ItMeansNothing

12 months ago
Score 1
Jeff35122: REEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
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EnnardTrap1987

13 months ago
Score 2

Guess you could say..

This dolittle at the Box Office.
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TanReviewer

7 months ago
Score 0
TOO SOON!!!
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Epic-Wrecker

10 months ago
Score 0
11 years of Iron Man and this is first non Marvel movie. I would of been fine with a 3rd Sherlock Holmes movie.
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LeroyManTheFirst

9 months ago
Score 1
I’d better watch the 1998 remake instead of this pile of crap.
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LeroyManTheFirst

8 months ago
Score 1
This film is so bad that it makes Dr. Dolittel 3 look great!
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CrazyBudgie2003

15 days ago
Score 0
What about the 4th-7th movies that went straight to DVD?
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TanReviewer

7 months ago
Score -2
I disagree in every way. I LOVE this film and it's not that bad!
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Spindash101

7 months ago
Score 0
While were on the topic of the dragon scene. What does a dragon have to do with the Dr. Dolittle films?!
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Dragos133

6 months ago
Score -1
What a shame for Downey Jr's career. I love him in the Marvel movies, but here he's so annoying just like Tom Hardy in Capone.
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TanReviewer

6 months ago
Score 1
Not to be controversial but I actually love this film
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Floraptor

6 months ago
Score 3
Well at least the animals look like animals, unlike in THAT Cats movie...
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ItMeansNothing

5 months ago
Score -1

The only reason I ever watched this was because my brother inspired my mom to rent this because he thought it was "amazing."

After watching this abomination, all I want to do is just die.
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BluePenguin28

5 months ago
Score 0
Well, Robert not save this for his multiple problems
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DatCoolRedstoneGuy Est. 2004

4 months ago
Score 1
Tom Holland deserves better
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ChessPiece21

2 months ago
Score 0
So do Kumail Nanjiani, Craig Robinson, and Jason Mantzoukas. All three are fantastic comedy actors who have never been used to their full potential in big movies.
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Blossom.Alyssa

2 months ago
Score 0
This movie could've been good. But it wasn't.
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X9 The Android

one month ago
Score 1
What do you think it would have made the film good? I don't think it's perfect but average at best.
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Yūki

one month ago
Score 0
I don't know, I don't remember seeing the original.
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ItMeansNothing

one month ago
Score 0
Dolittle is basically 19th century TikTok.

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