Don’t get me wrong, I love Robert Downey Jr. as much as the next person but, let’s be honest, he’s been playing the same character for years now. The actor was getting his career on track during the early 2000s but it wasn’t until Iron Man that he really became a person to watch. Since that point, it’s kind of felt that we’ve been getting the same thing in almost every film. He’s basically just playing a hyped-up version of himself. The major difference between his Tony Stark and Sherlock Holmes is a hundred or so years. Now I think RDJ. is a great guy but there’s just no surprise any more. When you see that RDJ is in a cast, you can be pretty sure about the kind of character he’s going to play. Yeah, I understand that Dr Dolittle is a pretty odd guy but he’s inherently British. He’s described in the books as a well-respected and quiet man. Not an absurd comic figure of fun. I just couldn’t see how a big Hollywood adaptation with RDJ in the titular role would work as well as the classic 1967 film did. But I was willing to be proven wrong.
Pixar has been responsible for some of the great family films that have ever been released but they have been pretty focused on sequels recently. They haven’t released an original film since 2017’s Coco and that was a massive hit with everyone. So, it’s safe to say that Onward had a lot to live up to. Pixar has never been afraid to experiment with styles and show children the harsh realities of life. Let’s not forget that Inside/Out offered a better analysis of mental health than anyone had before. Unlike Disney, Pixar is always trying to change the game and do something different. Well, they did before they decided to keep going back to the same old characters and do the same old things. Surely Onward was going to be something special. Plus, it stars Chris Pratt and Tom Holland fresh off of their Endgame high. At the very least, it was something to take notice of.
Tom Holland has played Spider-Man on screen in 5 films now. He was cast in the role back in 2015 and, 4 years later, he has become a huge household name. Nowadays he’s a pin-up for teenage girls as well as women who are probably old enough to know better. He was only 17 when he first got the role but now he’s at the ripe old age of 23 Marvel feel the need to have him take his shirt off whenever he can. It must be super weird having grown up in the public eye to now find yourself the object of lust for so many people. In the screening I went to, one teenage girl in the front row audibly squealed when he took his shirt off and took a photo of the screen. We’ve come a long way since Holland made his feature film debut in The Impossible. He’s certainly come a long way from that 14-year-old boy. As I’d never seen The Impossible, mostly because I knew it would destroy me, I decided now was as good a time as any. Plus, it was on Netflix so, convenient.