DOLITTLE 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. The film also stars Antonio Banderas, Michael Sheen (The Queen ) and Oscar-winner Jim Broadbent and features additional voice performances from Oscar-winner Marion Cotillard, Frances de la Tour, Carmen Ejogo, Ralph Fiennes, Selena Gomez, Tom Holland, and Craig Robinson. _ Lol is it me or does Robert Downey feel out of place here? Maybe it's just hard to imagine him as anything else other than himself or Iron Man, who are essentially interchangeable at this point. Not to mention that jarring English accent he's taken on that isn't helping. The 'Dolittle' reboot has been in the works since March 2017 but found itself creatively embattled when Universal Pictures decided it was dissatisfied with the tone of the final product. Despite the $175 million already expended on its production budget, massive reshoots commenced to give the film a considerable overhaul. I think I'll be skipping this one. Fantastical adventures and talking animals, sans 'Lion King,' aren't really my speed. All the best to RDJ on this next chapter in his career. 'Dolittle' will be his first outing since his exit from Marvel. Coming January 17.