Our Review of Dolittle

Disney Studios has re-introduced the public to Doctor Dolittle, an infamous character for children’s novels worldwide. These books were created by Hugh Lofting when he fought in the First World War; it was a method of distracting himself from the lives being lost. The original stories regarding Doctor Dolittle were written to his children, allowing them to see that their father was alright. It was a storyline about a physician that spoke with animals, saving them from multiple situations in the process.

The history of the Doctor Dolittle novels isn’t remotely respected with the latest film from Disney Studios. It focuses on the enduring and primal bond we create with animals, which is hard to focus on with the recent destructions to the creatures lost from climate change. More than a billion animals were lost in the Australian wildfires, with hundreds of thousands of additional deaths from overall climate change. Disney Studios wants viewers to forget about the perilous destruction of our planet or the lives being lost around us. However, watching these hyper-realistic animals in action, the theatre’s attitude becomes sombre. Viewers that have seen this film in advance note that they feel overwhelming guilt. This could always be the sentiment that Disney Studios is trying to achieve. It would prompt a significant focus on climate change from thousands of viewers.

The Individuals Involved

The Director of Dolittle is Stephen Gaghan, who wrote the script with Doug Mand and Dan Gregor. Character settings are placed in Victorian England, providing a classical element to this film. It starts notable actors like Robert Downey Junior, Emma Thompson, Tom Holland, John Cena and Rami Malek. This casting suited to be positive for the film, with respective actors landing into their roles instinctively. The storyline starts with Doctor Dolittle living his life as a recluse, which follows after his wife passed away during a shipwreck. The character feels like an odd mixture between Tony Stark and Captain Jack Sparrow, with an accent that isn’t recognizable. This isn’t a bad thing though, as it provides a unique essence to the Dolittle character, with an added level of excitement and adventure with every scene.

The adventure unfolds linearly, with computer-generated imagery rivalling The Loin King. Storylines share no resemblance to the previous versions of this film, which starred Eddie Murphy. The approach for this new film might not appeal to certain critics, but it’s perfect for the modern-day audience. Experience a high-seas adventure with Robert Downey Junior, as he saves the lives of animals in a swashbuckling epic. It’s somewhat created like a childish version of “Pirates of the Caribbean”.