We’re a month and a half into physical distancing, and a lot has changed. Since we’re all house-bound, we strive to maintain some semblance of normalcy by doing more of the things we love, like Family Movie Night. It’s not just for Fridays anymore!
A copy of Dolittle arrived yesterday and we took the opportunity to have a movie night on a Tuesday! My kids, ages 9 and 13, were excited to see what Iron Man did after Avengers: End Game.
Dolittle – starring a family fav, Robert Downey Jr. – received some mediocre reviews, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. But one thing I do know is that critics have panned many movies that I thought were great! So, with that in mind, we set off on the adventure that is Dolittle.
First off, I’ll tell you that my kids really liked Dolittle. One kid gave it 4 stars, and the other, 3.5 (out of 5). They are practically movie connoisseurs by now, so this is a good rating. For what it’s worth, I liked it, too. There is nothing particularly earth-shattering about Dolittle, but it has a sweetness about it that is really lovely.
The plot revolves around the title character, John Dolittle, a talented doctor who lost all direction in his life when his wife died. As the movie opens, it portrays him as a hermit, with only his animals to keep him company – that is, until one day, when two visitors arrive that give him a sense of purpose, and who will forever change his life.
Dolittle’s storyline is comfortingly familiar and its messages of grief, loss, perseverance, purpose and, most of all, friendship are especially welcome right now during these crazy, uncertain times. Being isolated, we can all relate to how Dr. Dolittle is feeling at the beginning of the movie – and rejoice when he finds purpose again, thanks to his friends.
The movie’s star-studded cast includes Emma Thompson, Rami Malek, Tom Holland, Ralph Fiennes, Jim Broadbent and more.
If you’re looking for a warm, light-hearted adventure for the whole family, Dolittle should fit the bill. 😊
Note: there are a few mildly scary parts (fire-breathing dragon; lion chasing one of the characters), but I’d say it’s fine for age 6+.
Dolittle is now available on 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-Ray™, DVD and digital.
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Disclosure: I received a copy of this movie from Universal for review purposes. As always, I only share things I love with my readers. No other compensation for this post was provided.