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  • Writer's pictureRhiannon Wirth

Film Review: Dolittle

What the hell am I about to watch?

A physician discovers that he can talk to animals.

Rating: PG

Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy

Running Time: 101 mins

Director: Stephen Gaghan

Staring: Robert Downey Jr, Antonio Banderas, Michael Sheen, Emma Thompson

Distributor: Universal Pictures

Budget: $175 million

Opening Weekend US: $21 million


Alright now that I know that bit - hit me with a little clip....


Well I'm still reading so I must be intrigued tell me more!


Dr. John Dolittle lives in solitude behind the high walls of his 19th-century England home that is located on protected land. His only companionship comes from an array of animals that he is able to speak to and understand in return. But when the Queen becomes ill, the doctor and animal assistances embark on an adventure to a island to find the magical cure.


Dolittle is needed to save the Queen in order to keep his home and what he hopes to go back to a life of solitude. However he finds that along the way he has made friends with the stowaway that had seek him out to save the life of a squirrel. Through out the journey we can see Dolittle grow to accept the boy and even protect him. There are a bit of comedy along the way with the help of RDJ but not enough to truly be listed as a comedy.


The backstory for Dolittle was well developed and you are able to connect with his sadness and emotional responses to the events around him. The journey is to fulfil what his deceased wife started so you are invested in wanting him to complete the task. As well as his journey with his apprentice in accepting the help and the company from his recluse lifestyle.

Female Representation

Heavily male dominated cast. The female cast come through mostly as voices of the animals other wise it was the sick queen that needed help from being poisoned.


That's all great and thanks but the real deets now!

Okay movie. I laughed and was able to follow the concept really well but would wait for it to be on Netflix. You are not missing anything by waiting to see the film.


Rhiannon viewed the film in 2D setting at Regal

Cinema on 18 January 2020.

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