Archive for January 19th, 2020

Movie Mayhem – Dolittle

Dolittle — 2020; Directed by Stephen Gaghan; Starring Robert Downey, Jr., Harry Collett, Michael Sheen, Antonio Banderes and the voices of Emma Thompson, Rami Malek, John Cena, Kumail Nanjiani, Octavia Spenser, Tom Holland and Craig Robinson

Is there anything worse than a fantasy-adventure movie that has all the right pieces but absolutely no adventurous spirit? That is how I felt watching Dolittle, Robert Downey, Jr.’s first post-Iron-Man gig that feels so confused about itself, it plays like a set of short vignettes from other, better adventure stories that are being recreated by a group of juvenile actors who at no time are aware of what any other actor is doing, even within the same scene. It’s like the blind directing the blind — everyone can hear what’s being said, but the visual interpretation is all scattered across the universe.

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