RDJ – The ‘D’ Is For Dolittle

By Jasmine Miljure

On January 17th, 2020, the movie Dolittle came out in theatres. This film was Robert Downey Jr’s first non-Iron Man role in five years.

Since the first Iron Man movie in 2008, RDJ has been in 18 movies (not including Dolittle), 10 of which were ones where he was playing the role of Tony Stark. After such a long stretch of time is it possible for the actor to be anything other than his most famous character?

People have often made jokes about RDJ actually being Tony Stark. It is not uncommon for actors to adopt certain traits of the characters they portray, so it’s not hard to imagine that playing a different role after all these years would be difficult.

Tony Stark and Dr. Dolittle, and their respective movies, are very different types of film. The first being more serious and dark with a few jokes in-between, and the second being incredibly fun and silly. On the bright side, he seems to have done just fine with the new role.

In this film, John Dolittle is a doctor that lives on his own, and keeps exotic animals that he can speak to for company. He had been that way since the passing of his wife, but now has to travel on an adventure to a mythical island, with the help of his animals, to find a cure for Queen Victoria, who is very ill.

Dolittle is a movie geared towards children, and should be treated as such. The jokes could use some work, as well as the plot itself, but it certainly isn’t the hot mess people say it is. The CGI is very well done, and the film, as a whole, is entertaining. Considering the type of movie it is, it should get at least a solid 3.5/5.

So, if you’re looking for something worthy of an academy award, this movie isn’t for you. Dolittle is a light-hearted family film that, despite the low critic rating, is nice if you’re looking for a comedy to relax with.

Overall, it was done well, but can Robert Downey Jr. compare to previous Dr. Dolittle actor, Eddie Murphy? That is for you to decide.