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2020 has been an odd year to say the least and it seems to be getting more strange with every passing month. However, that won’t stop us from living our lives and enjoying what is now mandatory “downtime” for most of us. Yes, we could complain, but it won’t do us much good, so I’ve been spending time making lots of crafts, doing a little deep cleaning and of course doing some purging. But more importantly, I’ve been catching up on reading and watching a few movies.
One of the movies I have enjoyed is Doolittle and it allowed my family and I to enjoy animals as well as the great Robert Downey Jr. He electrifies one of the literature’s most enduring characters in a vivid reimagining of the classic tale of the man who could talk to animals: Dolittle. Are you Dr. Dolittle?
Robert Downey Jr. is DOLITTLE
After losing his wife seven years earlier, the eccentric Dr. John Dolittle (Downey), famed doctor and veterinarian of Queen Victoria’s England, hermits himself away behind the high walls of Dolittle Manor with only his menagerie of exotic animals for company. But when the young queen (Jessie Buckley, Wild Rose) falls gravely ill, a reluctant Dolittle is forced to set sail on an epic adventure to a mythical island in search of a cure, regaining his wit and courage as he crosses old adversaries and discovers wondrous creatures.
The doctor is joined on his quest by a young, self-appointed apprentice (Dunkirk’s Harry Collett) and a raucous coterie of animal friends, including an anxious gorilla (Oscar® winner Rami Malek), an enthusiastic but bird-brained duck (Oscar® winner Octavia Spencer), a bickering duo of a cynical ostrich (The Big Sick’s Kumail Nanjiani) and an upbeat polar bear (John Cena, Bumblebee) and a headstrong parrot (Oscar® winner Emma Thompson), who serves as Dolittle’s most trusted advisor and confidante.
The film also stars Antonio Banderas, Michael Sheen (The Queen) and Oscar® winner Jim Broadbent and features additional voice performances from Oscar® winner Marion Cotillard, Frances de la Tour, Carmen Ejogo, Ralph Fiennes, Selena Gomez, Tom Holland, and Craig Robinson.
Directed by Academy Award® winner Stephen Gaghan (Syriana, Traffic), Dolittle is produced by Joe Roth and Jeff Kirschenbaum under their Roth/Kirschenbaum Films (Alice in Wonderland, Maleficent) and Susan Downey (Sherlock Holmes franchise, The Judge) for Team Downey. The film is executive produced by Robert Downey Jr., Sarah Bradshaw (The Mummy, Maleficent) and Zachary Roth (Maleficent: Mistress of Evil).
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Genre: Epic Adventure
Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Antonio Banderas, Michael Sheen, Jim Broadbent, Jessie Buckley, John Cena, Harry Collett, Marion Cotillard, Frances de la Tour, Carmen Ejogo, Ralph Fiennes, Selena Gomez, Tom Holland, Rami Malek, Kumail Nanjiani, Craig Robinson, Octavia Spencer and Emma Thompson
Directed by: Stephen Gaghan
Produced by: Joe Roth, Jeff Kirschenbaum, Susan Downey
Executive Producers: Robert Downey Jr., Sarah Bradshaw, Zachary Roth
DOLITTLE will be available on March 24th to bring home to your family.