15 Jan 2020; “Dolittle” Review

Dolittle” Review (15 Jan 2020)

Now it is…Review Time!

Firstly, I apologize for taking so long to publish this.

While some jokes might appeal more to younger viewers and less to adults, there is a certain charm for older audiences thanks to Robert Downey Jr.’s performance as well as the vocal works of the animals.

Based on Hugh Lofting’s children’s book series “Doctor Dolittle” (1920-1952), and inspired by his second entry; “The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle” (1922), when the queen falls ill, it is up to the titular veterinarian (played by a Welsh-accented Downey) and his animal friends to venture out to sea and find a cure.

Polynesia the parrot: “Are you ready for the adventure of a lifetime?”


CGI Animation:

Not ground-breaking but has some visual appeal.


Some human characters are entertaining in their own way, such as Downey and Jim Broadbent.


Fans of Sia may enjoy her latest song Original meant for the film, which in my opinion is a lively and lyrically powerful anthem.


For those unfamiliar with the source material (myself included), it might be confusing but nonetheless it might grab you from the start.

Voice Performances:

Enjoyable, such as Octavia Spencer as the ditzy duck Dab-Dab.



There are certain jokes that are meant for younger viewers which adults might find irritating.


One can likely guess how the movie goes (no spoilers here).

Overall, not great cinema but more of an entertaining and sometimes charming guilty pleasure light-hearted motion picture for those who love Robert Downey Jr. led and animal films.

Recommended to fans of the listed actors and voice actors, animal movies, and the source material.

My own picture taken at the cinema.