photo by This is a poster for Dolittle, Universal Studios

This is a poster for Dolittle, Universal Studios

The movie Dolittle was released on Jan. 17, 2020, and it has grossed $126.6 million worldwide against a production budget of $175 million. It made a total of around $27 million over the four-day Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend. Despite negative reviews and a low scoring from Rotten Tomatoes, I think the film was amazing.

Robert Downey Jr. took the roll of John Dolittle. This was confirmed back in 2017 when the movie was announced. The rest of the actors filled in the rolls as the movie progressed. Downey Jr.’s character is the type to keep to himself. In the beginning, he never left his house. He was grief stricken. As the movie progresses, Downey Jr.’s character comes out of his shell. He learns to trust people more and isn’t as rude as he was in the beginning. Downey Jr.’s acting is, as always, amazing.

Harry Collett who played Tommy Stubbins did a good job. There were parts where you could tell he wasn’t prepared and it was obvious. Aside from his few slip-ups, his performance was stunning. Collett’s character struggles with his family, so when he meets Dolittle, he’s adamant on staying. Dolittle doesn’t want him to, but he does.

Jessie Buckley, who plays a deathly ill Queen Victoria, has short parts in the film. In the few parts she has, she does an amazing job. Her performance truly made me believe she was ill. In my opinion, I don’t think they could have cast anyone better for the role.

Rassouli, played by Antonio Banderas, also had a brief roll in the movie, but played it exceptionally well. He took on the roll as one of the antagonists. Rassouli is Dolittle’s father-in-law and blames Dolittle for his daughters death. While this would be one of the easier rolls to play, he plays it so well. His expressions toward Dolittle are so well-rehearsed it looks natural.

The story line is an easier one to follow. It doesn’t take you back in time often and doesn’t take you all over. It mainly stays on one story line. The plot of the story is written out and planned out. It’s a simple story that follows the adventures of a boy, a man, and his animal friends and shows how they become something like a family.

If you’re an animal lover and enjoy a good fictional film, this is a movie I would recommend. It has adventure, humor, and talking animals. You couldn’t ask for much more.