The very first Dr. Dolittle movie I ever watched was not the one starring Eddie Murphy but the 1967 adaption that I stumbled upon on TV in the early 90s and being a lover of animals I was immediately captivated. Then a few years past by and the comedic Eddie Murphy versions hit the big screen and entertained audiences. Now fast forward to today and we have a new Dolittle to look forward to which loosely adapts the 1923 book “The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle”.
Robert Downey Jr. is cast as Dr. Dolittile himself and is surrounded by an amazing animal cast voiced by Tom Holland, Emma Thompson, Selena Gomez, Ralph Fiennes, John Cena, Rami Malek, Octavia Spencer, Antonio Banderas, and Craig Robinson.
This movie is extremely charming despite having a slow start that later picks up and progresses at a good pace. At first, it was hard for me to get used to Downey Jr’s accent after seeing him as Iron Man for so long but once I overlooked that, the movie was extremely enjoyable and amusing which brought out my inner child. I loved all the different animals and their accompanying personalities that were voiced by some surprising A-List stars. Most of the humor comes from the furry co-stars as they land some really hilarious lines and scenes throughout and steal the spotlight from Downey Jr.
This movie is not that long sitting at 1 hour and 41 minutes, so your attention is drawn into the movie the whole time. Kids and adults alike will really enjoy this adventure that has solid CGI and great visuals. I give Dolittle a 7.5 out of 10 and would love to see more adaptations of the books with Robert Downey Jr. and company.