The first trailer for Universal’s upcoming re-imagining of the Dr. Dolittle story has arrived, teasing a fantastical tale and plenty of fun.
While I’ve known about the Robert Downey Jr. Dolittle movie for a while, I can’t say I’ve felt any real sense of excitement for it. I love RDJ, but after a couple remakes already, I just didn’t see myself getting all woohoo about a new Dr. Dolittle story. Then this morning’s trailer hit and I’m very interested to see more:
I’m very much digging the whimsy and fantastical nature being shown off in the trailer. It looks like a lot of fun with plenty of joy to go around, which sometimes, makes for a great escape from reality. Consider me on board with this one.
After losing his wife seven years earlier, the eccentric Dr. John Dolittle (Downey), famed doctor and veterinarian of Queen Victoria’s England, hermits himself away behind the high walls of Dolittle Manor with only his menagerie of exotic animals for company.
But when the young queen (Jessie Buckley, Wild Rose) falls gravely ill, a reluctant Dolittle is forced to set sail on an epic adventure to a mythical island in search of a cure, regaining his wit and courage as he crosses old adversaries and discovers wondrous creatures.
The doctor is joined on his quest by a young, self-appointed apprentice (Dunkirk’s Harry Collett) and a raucous coterie of animal friends, including an anxious gorilla (Oscar® winner Rami Malek), an enthusiastic but bird-brained duck (Oscar® winner Octavia Spencer), a bickering duo of a cynical ostrich (The Big Sick’s Kumail Nanjiani) and an upbeat polar bear (John Cena, Bumblebee) and a headstrong parrot (Oscar® winner Emma Thompson), who serves as Dolittle’s most trusted advisor and confidante.
Dolittle hits theaters on January 17, 2019.