The film is directed by a full time visual artist and part time director, Jeff Fowler. It is written by Pat Casey and Josh Miller who I would say are insufficiently experienced. A combination of such an unversed crew, can be hazardous.
First of all, it is good to have Jim Carrey (as Dr. Ivo “Eggman” Robotnik) back in a wholesome role and in a large scaled film after 6 years. In between, he was a part of two small scaled films, in 2016, which didn’t receive as much appreciation critically or monetarily. Surprisingly, he wasn’t in his fullest form in Sonic The Hedgehog too. Yet, it seemed like he tried.
I also realized that it might have been a burden on the actors when your story isn’t uncommon or out of the box. But, it was a team effort when they [James Marsden (as Tom Wachowski), Tika Sumpter (as Maddie Wachowski), Natasha Rothwell (as Rachel) and Adam Pally (as Wade Whipple)] equally distributed the responsibility among all and performed high-spiritedly.
The winner of the film is undeniably Ben Schwartz who voiced the animated character of Sonic. His voice gave the perfect liveliness to the character, which is how it originally is. Energetic. Furthermore, there was a bit of comedic dialogue given to Marsden and most of it to Schwartz & Carrey, which I feel should’ve been more on the whole. The score by Tom Holkenborg is quite alright, too.
Despite horrible reviews I decided to watch this one, only because of one reason. It was partially a heist film. My love for heist genre has been immense since the popular 2003 Hollywood film, The Italian Job.
It was completely right on the producer’s part where he (Karan Johar) decided to launch it only as a Netflix original rather than a big scale “Dharma Production” flick. He saved a lot of money and time.
Tarun Mansukhani had an epic start as a story writer, editor and director as he was the man behind Dostana (2008). Or was it under the complete supervision of Johar? Herein, not only is the story naive, even the direction takes a toll. Throwing light on Sushant Singh Rajput (as Samar), his graph of films has been a roller coaster, really. This one’s surely the one which is going down the hill. Nevertheless, the confidence in his performance never seems to go low. He is the only actor in the film who is well versed.
Sapna Pabbi (as Naina) and Vikramjit Virk (as Bikky) did their best. Boman Irani (as Irfan) is phenomenal, as usual. I don’t want to comment about Jacqueline Fernandez (as Tara). Drive is the kind of films she usually chooses. Spineless. She is just the eye-candy of it.
You must have heard about the song Makhna being the only good thing about the film. You’ve heard right. Tanishq Bagchi probably did this one thing right in this film. Rest all of the tracks sounded like composers in the Bollywood film industry are running out of lyrics and decent tunes.
It’s really shocking that we are still into Maruti Suzuki Swifts, Honda Civics and Maruti Suzuki Altos for racing when the world has moved so far and up ahead. Come on man, it’s the beginning of a new century. Humans who are acting in, writing, promoting and even giving a chance to these garbage films should really get a life or evolve at least.
Stephen Gaghan brings us a PETA approved spectacle wherein Robert Downey Jr. (as Dr. John Dolittle) is the king of the jungle. It is partly based on a film series of identical titles and partly on books (of similar titles) by Hugh Lofting, all of which were released in different generations.
I wouldn’t call it a newly conceptualized plot, obviously, but the screenplay has been altered into something cute and interesting. The beauty of this film is how the writers Stephen Gaghan (director and co-writer), Dan Gregor, Doug Mand and Chris McKay create this different world of Dr. Dolittle where the companionship of just a few animals is enough to live a life. Only when you know how to communicate with them expertly.
It is an adventure squeezed into a 102 minutes, thankfully. Inclusive of some flawless visual effects and masterful background score (Danny Elfman), Dolittle is watchable and it won’t be a biggie, if skipped too. It also felt like it was an even shorter story being slightly stretched.
It was because of the presence of Downey Jr. that I decided to watch this film and I felt that I was reminded of his sweet and sour character from Sherlock Holmes (2009) & Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows (2011), which I loved, along with the films. In this flick, just the expertise, the accent and the genre changed. On the other hand, Harry Collet (as Tommy Stubbins – Dr. John’s apprentice) is a delightful surprise. Exquisite talent.
The tiny roles of Antonio Banderas (as Rassouli), Tom Holland (as Jip – the dog with glasses), Selena Gomez (as Betsy – a friendly giraffe), John Cena (as Yoshi – an upbeat polar bear), Ralph Fiennes (as Barry – a ferocious tiger), Kumail Nanjiani (as Plimpton – a cynical and fussy ostrich), Michael Sheen (as Dr. Blair Müdfly), Rami Malek (as Chee-Chee – an anxious but noble gorilla), Jim Broadbent (Lord Thomas Badgley), Jessie Buckley (as Queen Victoria), Carmel Laniado (as Lady Rose) and Emma Thompson (as Polynesia – a wise and head strong macaw) are given full justice to, whether as voice-overs or in front of the camera.