Do you remember the story of Dr. Dolittle? There are a few versions that have been released over the years. The original story of Dr. Dolittle goes back to 1920, when the book, written by Hugh Lofting, was released. This story turned into a series of at least 15 books. These stories have been made into movies, animated shows and a musical. Most may remember the modern version of the story, starring Eddie Murphy. Dolittle(2019) from Universal Pictures is not a remake of that version, but more based on the second book in the series, The Voyages of Dr. Dolittle.
If you look at reviews for this movie, you’ll find that Dolittle(2019) hasn’t received positive feedback. While this is not a blockbuster film, we did enjoy it. I attended this screening with my animal-loving 6-year-old, who thought this movie was cute and funny. Let’s be honest – when you are taking a child to a talking animal movie, isn’t it important that they are the ones to enjoy this film?
Talking animals are so much easier to watch these days thanks to technology. A good CGI movie can make anything believable. When you are watching a talking animal movie with a 6-year-old, these things are important. The CGI animals in this movie were quirky and fun as the main focus of the movie. And with an all-star cast providing their voices, these movies are slightly more tolerable for the parents. Dolittle(2019) features Robert Downey Jr., Antonio Banderas, Michael Sheen, Jim Broadbent, Jessie Buckley, John Cena, Harry Collett, Marion Cotillard, Frances de la Tour, Ralph Fiennes, Selena Gomez, Tom Holland, Carmel Laniado, Rami Malek, Kumail Nanjiani, Craig Robinson, Octavia Spencer, and Emma Thompson. That is quite the line-up.
The cute animals and funny storylines aren’t the only reasons why the kids will love this movie. There are heart-warming and feel-good moments that create great talking topics for parents and kids. These are the best takeaways after a movie like this. Conversations in the car with my kid after a movie are always a favorite for me. I love hearing her take on what she saw and how she interpreted certain situations.
Dolittle(2019) is rated PG. With movies like this, there are always a few cautionary scenes that parents of small children should take into consideration. While these were most definitely on the mild end of the scale, you should be prepared. **WARNING** These could be considered spoilers. One scene involves Tommy (Harry Collett) hunting and an animal is accidentally injured. I felt this scene was necessary, as it led Tommy to Dolittle. In another scene, an animal mentioned that a whale was “flipping them off” after it showed the whales waving their fin at them. Adult humor at its best, but if your child is not familiar with that term, you may have to explain it. My 6-year-old didn’t seem to pick up on any of the subtle adult jokes thrown in.
Overall, I think Dolittle(2019) is a great family-friendly film that the kids will enjoy and the parents will not suffer through. The run time for this movie is 1h 41m. Teamwork, overcoming obstacles, solving problems, making new friends and dealing with loss are some of the themes you will see amongst the lovable animals.
A combination of humor and cuteness make this a movie I would see again and my 6-year-old has already asked to see it again!
Are you seeing Dolittle? Come back and tell me what you thought!