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May 14, 2021

Cinema Review: Dolittle

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Robert Downey Jr brings his humour with him, but in a much more family-friendly way. The humour is not just for children, a lot of the jokes will land with the adult audience too. There’s a big cast behind the voices of the animals, such as Emma Thompson, Tom Holland and Ralph Fiennes. Such recognisable voices give the movie a very familiar feeling.

IMDB has given it an initial score of 6.5 out of 10, with question marks around Robert Downey Jr’s accent; a common view being that it is distracting as it is not British, not American, and not any other recognisable English-speaking accent. Perhaps this is what they were aiming for; with Dr Dolittle being an adventurer, and having traveled the world, he would perhaps have picked up many accents from many places?

Dolittle would be a perfect film for a family day out to the cinema, and would be an interesting watch for Robert Downey Jr fans who want to see him in something else, after only seeing him as Iron Man for so long.

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