Have You Headed Out To See “Dolittle” Yet?
Don’t worry, not many have!
Even with Robert Downey Jr. in the lead, playing a very beloved character, the opening box office for “Doolittle” has been bad, and the reviews are worse!
Look at this cast: even though most are voicing the computer-generated animals, this is an impressive collection of talent …check out the trailer:
Well, you do NOT want a green “splat” like this…the trailer itself gives one pause – and the first reviews haven’t helped.
As The Playlist said:
“It’s a dull, plodding retread with new souped-up VFX that’s deeply uninvolving.”
As Variety review stated:
“What should have been an awe-filled adventure quickly curdles into an awful one, thanks to a pedestrian formula and the filmmakers’ fixation on fart jokes.”
Here’s what Deadline.com said this morning:
Critics at 19% Rotten on Rotten Tomatoes complain that the movie doesn’t have any human feeling, is too long, lifeless given the VFX with Rolling Stone‘s Peter Travers exclaiming “Come back, Cats, we forgive you” and NPR’s Scott Tobias hysterically sniping, “Dolittle is a not a film. Dolittle is a crime scene in need of forensic analysis. Something happened here. Something terrible. Something inexplicable.”
Need more? Well, here they are:
Um…you can see that the reviews have been overwhelming negative, and the opening weekend box office looks DISMAL as well!
That handy “review” chart was courtesy of Jeffrey Wells and his terrific website “Hollywood Elsewhere.” it’s worth a bookmark if you love to talk movies, pop culture and the wacky world of entertainment….you can find it here:
Audiences seemed to have sensed what was awaiting them if they went to the movie…because they haven’t!
The film may get to $30+ million over the four day box office weekend…which sounds like a nice walletful of cash, except for this: that opening weekend box office means the film won’t have grossed even a QUARTER of what it cost to make (estimates of 170+ million), never mind the tens of millions in additional marketing expenses as well…Downey is a big box office star, so maybe worldwide box office returns can help offset this $100-million hole they will find themselves in, but that doesn’t happen often – remember when I told you about this film?
“Monster Trucks” was released at the same time three years ago, and the company that made it wrote off $115-million the week it opened!
You can see more about this box office car wreck by clicking here:
Of course, the “Doctor who talks to animals” was a big hit once before!
Eddie Murphy made TWO “Dr. Doolittle” films, so there was no reason to think a new one couldn’t work.
One reason that “Doolittle” fascinates me is that the version in 1967 was actually nominated for Best Picture!
Star Rex Harrison sang his way badly through this one – so how did it get a coveted Best Picture nod?
Well, this book tells that story – looking at the five films nominated foe Best Picture in 1967, “Pictures At A Revolution” – it’s a fascinating book about a monumental time of change in Hollywood – click here to see why:
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