Everyone knows the story of Doolittle, a doctor who treats and talks to animals making him the best vet around. The 2020 remake stars Robert Downey Jr, and features a huge celebrity cast which includes Antonio Banderas, Emma Thompson, Rami Malek, John Cena, Kumail Nanjiani, Octavia Spencer, Tom Holland, Craig Robinson, and Selena Gomez. This is about as big as it gets when it comes to a celebrity voice cast. This alone I would say it’s worth seeing. I read a lot of mixed reviews before seeing ‘Doolittle’, a lot bashing the film because of Robert Downey Jr’s fake Scottish accent in the film. Others called it a bunch of cgi fluff and a waste of time and money. So I went in with the bar set pretty low.
Dr. Doolittle has become a recluse with his family of animals after his wife Lilly died at seas. When the queen is poisoned and the only cure is from a fruit that may not exist. Dr Doolittle is convinced to take a voyage with his rag tag family of animals to search for the fruit.
‘Doolittle’ does a fantastic job with its casting. Each animal has a different affliction. Yoshi the polar bear (John Cena) is always cold, Chee the gorilla (Rami Malek) is always scared and carries around a security blanket, Kevin the squirrel (Craig Robinson) is paranoid, plus many others. The parts are played perfectly, and because of this it’s a nonstop laugh fest. The colors and picture quality are outstanding, it reminds me a lot of ‘Avatar’, which by the way I never heard anyone call cgi fluff and a waste of money.
Bottom line it’s a lighthearted family comedy, one you don’t have to do a lot of thinking when you watch it. You just go along for the ride with Dr. Doolittle and his animal family on their adventure, and laugh non stop along the way. This film doesn’t get enough credit for how good it is. It really is a good film and a must see, even with Robert Downey Jr’s fake accent. If a fake accent is your biggest reason to not like a movie, then the movie isn’t that bad. I give ‘Doolittle’ a 9/10.