Based on the initial reviews I expected this movie to be boring or reliant on juvenile humor. I didn’t find this to be true, I’d in fact say it is an adventure movie primarily. I’ve not read any of the novels, so my experience with the series is limited to Eddie Murphy’s movies of Dr. Dolittle. I found the trailers didn’t tell much about the movie other than the Gorilla was scared, which helps elucidate a concept of the film. Dr. Dolittle (Robert Downey Jr.) isn’t just a medical doctor, he’s a person interested in the world around him and helping those in it.
The film starts with an animated backstory narrated by Poly (Emma Thompson) about the early life of Dr. Dolittle. We learn about the untimely death of his wife Lily Dolittle (Kasia Smutniak) and the self-imposed isolation of Dolittle. We then see a boy with his family called Tommy Stubbins (Harry Collett) hunting against his wishes. He tries to miss a duck only to injure a squirrel. Poly the parakeet sees Tommy distraught by this and leads him to Dr. Dolittle’s wildlife reservation. Tommy gets caught in a trap, meanwhile we see Lady Rose (Carmel Laniado) also finds the reservation.
Dr. Dolittle was going about his daily routine with the animals with a large unkempt beard when he sees Tommy hanging from the net outside. Poly tries to persuade him to help Tommy, but Dr. Dolittle decides to send Chee-Chee, the gorilla, (Rami Malek) to scare Tommy and Rose despite being scared of the humans himself. Rose isn’t scared and walks right past Chee-Chee. Rose tells Dr. Dolittle that the Queen Victoria of England (Jessie Buckley) is unwell and has specifically requested Dr. Dolittle to which he refuses the request. After Tommy brings in the squirrel, Dolittle reluctantly agrees to help it. The animals overhear during the surgery that if the Queen dies, that the reservation that was granted will no longer be Dr. Dolittle’s.
This film was an enjoyable adventure that was made for the whole family in mind, though it does have some scary scenes for younger audiences. The special effects of the animals are done well enough that you feel they are present in the scenes, but they still have some human characteristics to add to the experience. There are several characters within the movie who have well-developed personalities with relatable flaws. One of the concepts that really made me laugh was Dolittle speaks to the animals in their languages. In Eddie Murphy’s version we’re told that he speaks like the animals, but we never see him talk like the animals. The whole concept is well done, and I hope there will be a sequel. I could imagine each film focusing around a few of the animals introduced in this film to create a deeper connection with the characters. Rated PG.
Avengers: Endgame has so much happening at such a rapid pace that it’s unavoidable to talk about its plot. I’ll try to be as vague as possible about the movie until the second paragraph. Avengers: Endgame continues the story of Avengers: Infinity War where Thanos (Josh Brolin), the movie’s super villain, gathers the Infinity Stones and kills half the universe in one snap of his fingers. With this type of cliffhanger after such an iconic movie, it’s hard to imagine not seeing Endgame. Ultimately this comes off as bittersweet as it’s hard to forget how the heroes failed to prevent such a tragedy.
Spoiler time. We start off with
Clint Barton aka Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) spending time with his family. As he’s
teaching his daughter how to shoot arrows, he tells her to go retrieve the
arrow she shot. As he turns to speak to his wife we see dust behind him. He
calls to his daughter with no response and as he’s looking we see the rest of
his family turn to dust. He’s left alone in a field. Really just as the movie
starts we’re reminded of the gut-wrenching circumstances of the last film.
We then go to Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert
Downey Jr.) and Nebula (Karen Gillan) in space with Tony recording journals
saying he doesn’t think he’ll make it. Just as Tony is falling asleep he sees a
bright light which turns out to be Captain Marvel/Carol Danvers (Brie Larson).
She brings them back to Earth. Tony is in bad shape and they quickly consult
with War Machine (Don Cheadle), Captain America/Steve Rogers (Chris Evans),
Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and Thor (Chris Hemsworth). They learn the
Infinity Stones have been used again and Nebula confirms the location of
Thanos. They fly off to meet him and quickly defeat him in battle. They learn
Thanos used the Infinity Stones to destroy themselves and in frustration, Thor
unceremoniously kills Thanos.
The movie then skips to 5 years
into the future. We’re shown Steve Rogers in a support meeting for those who
have lost those close to them. He explains in the meeting that this has
happened to him before when he was trapped in the ice, so he’s not unfamiliar
with how others feel. We cut to a warehouse where a rat is crawling around some
equipment and it activates a portal to the Quantum Realm that brings Scott Lang/Ant-Man
(Paul Rudd). He looks around the world confused, unaware of what happened. He finds
his daughter to see that she’s much older. We learn that time hasn’t moved for
him since he entered the Quantum Realm, and that the unusual way time flows may
be the key to fixing this world.
This movie provides about as climactic of an ending to the Marvel Cinematic Universe thus far as well as to this story of Thanos. Going back to Iron Man, I don’t think many would expect something this grandiose at the other end. The Russo Brothers really created something that encapsulates an era of film making. While there are some flaws in the movie, they’re negligible in the broad scope of things. I recommend catching up on some of the past movies before you see this one. There are even some inside jokes with the comics. Rated PG-13.