There are a few inevitables in life. Death will come for us all. Everyone has to pay taxes unless they’re rich. And Hollywood is never going to stop rebooting that film series about the doctor who can talk to animals.
Dolittle is interesting for one reason, though: Robert Downey, Jr. In his first post-Iron Man role, the actor is putting on the goofy hat and the stethoscope of a true animal advocate. As a first step in a new career journey for an actor at the top of his game, it’s an odd one. A lot of actors, after being in the Marvel machine, would probably go for something small, quiet, independent. Robert Downey, Jr. goes for talking animals. But considering his luck with roles, one has to imagine there’s something to Dolittle.
If nothing else, the film certainly looks lush. The trailer shows a broad, magical world with vibrant earthy colours and a lot of visual energy. Is Dolittle going to be good? No idea, but it’s certainly going to look stunning. And it’s chock full of big names, too, other than Downey: Antonio Banderas, Michael Sheen, Jim Broadbent, and voices by Marion Cotillard, Ralph Fiennes, Selena Gomez, Tom Holland, and Craig Robinson. And it’s directed by Stephen Gaghan, who directed Syriana and Traffic, two movies that are nothing at all like this one.
Dolittle hits theatres January 9, 2020.
Imagine doing a huge, life-consuming job for a decade, and then it just... ends. And you’re done. Free to do whatever you want, because in this hypothetical you’re Robert Downey, Jr. and you have that kind of freedom. What comes next?