New year, new decade, same old movies. Robert Downey Jr. is heading out into the big bad world without his Iron Man suit for the first time in what feels like decades. He’s rich, powerful, beloved around the world, and able to make essentially whatever the hell he wants. So, what does he choose? If your answer was ‘a massive CGI-laden adaptation of the Doctor Dolittle stories with a $175 million budget’, then you win nothing but pride and the mutual bafflement of us all that this movie exists.
Dolittle comes out this month — a January release date is always a good sign — and the new trailer reveals more capers, more talking animals, and a dragon!
The focus is clearly on the rollicking action, something that isn’t necessarily present in the other Dolittle adaptations. It’s all very Pirates of the Caribbean, isn’t it? RDJ also seems to be Welsh here for reasons unknown. The production of this film, with its ONE HUNDRED AND SEVENTY-FIVE MILLION DOLLAR BUDGET, was reportedly tough, with endless reshoots and director problems.
I’m still baffled as to who this movie is for and who asked for it. Is this something kids are raring to see? They played the first trailer for this before the screening of Cats that I attended — read into that what you will — and the audience was stony-faced in response. January is hardly a great month for releases, so will people rush out to see this, especially in the same week as a new Bad Boys film? Hell, even if I had kids, I would consider just taking them to the R-rated movie instead.
Still, pirate Antonio Banderas… I’m not mad.
Dolittle drops in theaters on January 17.