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Dolittle Does Little For The Classic Original

Dolittle

Starring:  Robert Downey  Jr,  Harry Collette, Antonio Banderas.

Directed  by:  Stephen Gaghan

Rating: *(1 star)

Two thoughts struck me as I sat  wide-eyed and open-mouthed(for  all the wrong reasons) watching this monstrous misfire.

What is  Robert Downey Jr doing in Dolittle? It does  little for  him  after Ironman. What was I doing sitting through this trippy trip into tripe?Am I the masochistic  type? Only those addicted to acute self-pain would bear the terrible  computer  graphics that make   monkeys and giraffes talk in celebrity  voices who  must be ruing the day they agreed  to voice  the dummy-graphics, and  Downey  Jr’s  weird accent which makes him sound like an Irishman  gargling with marbles at the Scottish seaside.

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To put it  bluntly, Downey Jr is  terrible as  the  fabled Dr Dolittle who has a special ability.

 No,  he can’t make   a bad film into good. But  he can converse  with animals. But the animals  look so unconvincing  talking in various  star voices(Rami Malik  who  immortalized himself as Freddy Mercury speaks  for  a gorilla,and that speaks for itself) I felt  I was  watching two  films, one on the soundtrack where some  really sturdy  voice performances were  played out, and  the other  on screen where the computer-generated animals  competed with  human actors for  this years Razzies.

The  film is  a disaster on every level. As  the umpteenth rendering  of a classic  story it does  great  disservice  to those of us who grew  up reading Hugh Lofting’s  evergreen novel,   and  to  the  1967  film where Rex Harrison  played the  title role.

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This  is  the  second film in a month with talking animals. Between Cats and Dolittle, we cover the entire  dismaying gamut from the  devil  to  the deepblue sea.

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