DVD Review: Dolitte starring Robert Downey Jr. & Antonio Banderas

Robert Downey Jr. and Antonio Banderas go head to head in this unique new version of DOLITTLE. London Mums and kids’ club have got hold of this quirky family movie which is available on 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital Download now! Check out our verdict and more content here. 

(from left) Dr. John Dolittle (Robert Downey Jr.) and parrot Polynesia (Emma Thompson) in Dolittle, directed by Stephen Gaghan.

The story

The adventurous tale is brought to life with an all-star cast that includes the voice talents of Academy® Award winner Emma Thompson (Last Christmas, Late Night), Academy® Award winner Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody, “Mr. Robot”), Selena Gomez (“Wizards of Waverly Place”), John Cena (“WWE”), and Tom Holland (Spider-Man: Homecoming) and more. The film is directed by Stephen Gaghan (Syriana) and produced by Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey.    

(from left) Ostrich Plimpton (Kumail Nanjiani), duck Dab-Dab (Octavia Spencer), Dr. John Dolittle (Robert Downey Jr.), Tommy Stubbins (Harry Collett), polar bear Yoshi (John Cena), gorilla Chee-Chee (Rami Malek) and parrot Polynesia (Emma Thompson) in Dolittle, directed by Stephen Gaghan.

Antonio Banderas as Rassouli in Dolittle, directed by Stephen Gaghan.

Robert Downey Jr. electrifies as the man who could talk to animals: DOLITTLE. After losing his wife, he hermits himself away behind the high wall of his manor but is forced to set sail on an epic adventure when the queen falls gravely ill. Helping Dolittle in search of a rare cure are his rambunctious animal friends—including Chee-Chee (Malek), an anxious, self-conscious gorilla; Dab-Dab (Octavia Spencer, The Help), an enthusiastic but bird-brained duck; the bickering duo of cynical, neurotic ostrich Plimpton (Kumail Nanjiani, The Big Sick, “Silicon Valley”) and chilly-but-chill polar bear Yoshi (Cena); as well as a headstrong parrot named Polynesia (Thompson). 

(from left) Dog Jip (Tom Holland) and Dr. John Dolittle (Robert Downey Jr.) in Dolittle, directed by Stephen Gaghan.

(from left) Lord Thomas Badgley (Jim Broadbent), Dr. Blair Müdfly (Michael Sheen), Tommy Stubbins (Harry Collett), Dr. John Dolittle (Robert Downey Jr.), dog Jip (back to camera, Tom Holland) and Lady Rose (Carmel Laniado) in Dolittle, directed by Stephen Gaghan.

The trailer 

The verdict

As much as I have tried to take Tony Stark away from Robert Downing Junior, in his performance of Dr Dolittle I somehow see the nerdiness of The Avenger. Antonio Banderas is always attractive even in his quirkiest roles. In this movie he plays one of Dr Dolittle’s antagonists. 

The special effects, the costumes and the colourful backdrops are gorgeous. However, the plot is a bit too predictable. The quirkiness which kids find really funny per se, is excessive and often distracting. I found myself bored at times. But kids loved this movie for the same reasons I did not.

In all fairness, I really enjoyed the bonus content on the DVD including many behind-the-scenes interviews with stars and producers giving interesting insights in the making of this movie, special effects and costumes. 


London Mums’ rating: 6/10

Kids’ club rating: 8/10 


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