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DIRECTOR: Stephen Gaghan (gold, syriana)
STARRING: robert downey jr., antonio banderas, michael sheen and emma thompson


REVIEWER: tom maker

When young Queen Victoria becomes gravely ill, the eccentric Dr. John Dolittle and his furry friends embark on an epic adventure to a mythical island to find the cure.

Dr. John Dolittle (Robert Downey Jr) lives in solitude behind the high walls of his lush manor in 19th-century England following the death of his wife. Shutting out human contact his only companionship comes from an array of exotic animals that he speaks to on a daily basis.


But when young Queen Victorian (Jessie Buckley) becomes gravely ill, the eccentric doctor along with his newly appointed apprentice Tommy Stubbins (Harry Collett) team up with his furry friends Poly (Emma Thompson), Chee-Chee (Rami Malek), Yoshi (John Cena), Plimpton (Kumail Nanjiani), Dab-Dab (Octavia Spencer), Jip (Tom Holland) and Kevin (Craig Robinson) to embark on an epic adventure across the ocean to a mythical island to find the cure.


Without giving to much away the story is based around the unusual team which must race against Dr. Blair Müdfly (Michael Sheen) to find the mystical never before seen Eden fruit which can cure anything before it is too late, while overcoming the past that comes back to haunt them in the form of the rebel leader King Rassouli (Antonio Banderas).


Growing up I was a fan of the original Dr Dolittle movies with Eddie Murphy so was excited to see a new take on this concept especially with Robert Downey Jr. Downey Jr. is one of the most respected actors of our generation and is coming off his career high performance in Avengers Endgame.


He has continued his witty quirky style seen in his role as Tony Stark (Iron Man, Avengers) and Detective Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock Holmes) with a flair that only he can bring but it wasn’t enough to make this one of the greats. This movie was visually appealing with the use of CGI animals and scenes that brought your inner child imagination to life but at times lacked that the ability to completely hold your interest.


The star- studded cast supporting Robert Downey Jr. each brought their personal flare to the team that made for some light-hearted laughs and a family movie that appeals to all ages. If you are after something to do on a rainy day then this is a perfect option.


A light- hearted comedy filled with adventure, romance and a very windy dragon. 

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