After his phenomenal take as Iron Man in Avengers: Endgame, a lot of people are waiting to see what’s next for Robert Downey Jr., and it’s apparently an adaptation of Doctor Dolittle. Just in, Universal has dropped the first trailer for RDJ’s animal adventure and… it’s something.
After losing his wife seven years earlier, the eccentric Dr. John Dolittle (Downey), famed doctor and veterinarian of Queen Victoria’s England, hermits himself away behind the high walls of Dolittle Manor with only his menagerie of exotic animals for company. But when the young queen (Jessie Buckley, Wild Rose) falls gravely ill, a reluctant Dolittle is forced to set sail on an epic adventure to a mythical island in search of a cure, regaining his wit and courage as he crosses old adversaries and discovers wondrous creatures.
The doctor is joined on his quest by a young, self-appointed apprentice (Dunkirk’s Harry Collett) and a raucous coterie of animal friends, including an anxious gorilla (Oscar® winner Rami Malek), an enthusiastic but bird-brained duck (Oscar® winner Octavia Spencer), a bickering duo of a cynical ostrich (The Big Sick’s Kumail Nanjiani) and an upbeat polar bear (John Cena, Bumblebee) and a headstrong parrot (Oscar® winner Emma Thompson), who serves as Dolittle’s most trusted advisor and confidante.
The cast also includes some other big names like Antonion Banderas, Michael Sheen, Jim Broadbent, Marion Cotillard, and Tom Holland.
I have to say, while the movie sounds like a fun adventure-type flick, the trailer goes so far as to make the film feel like Maleficent but with RDJ. If you asked me, they should have kept to the bumbling antics of RDJ that we see some of in the trailer rather than have the whole thing overshadowed by a dark and slow take on What a Wonderful World.
At least that’s my opinion.
Catch Dolittle when it hits theaters this coming February.