‘The One And Only Ivan’ Movie Review: Angelina Jolie’s Animal House

by Jeremy Spirogis
One and Only Ivan painting

It’s simple to see why Angelina Jolie can be drawn to deliver The One and Only Ivan to the display. She produced the Disney+ adaptation of Katherine Applegate’s ebook which in flip was impressed by a real story.

One and Only Ivan painting
Ivan | Disney+

The story has themes of adoptive households, of which Jolie is outspoken, since they’re all completely different species of animals who come collectively. It has themes of man interfering with nature, however rectifying their errors. These themes all are available a candy household film that may wow youngsters and their dad and mom with particular results. The One and Only Ivan premieres Aug. 21 on Disney+.

Meet Angelina Jolie’s animal gang in ‘The One and Only Ivan’

Ivan (voice of Sam Rockwell) is a gorilla performing in Mack (Bryan Cranston)’s circus present in a mall. The circus contains hen Henrietta (Chaka Khan), Murphy the rabbit (Ron Funches), Stella the elephant (Jolie), Snickers the poodle (Helen Mirren), Frankie the seal (Mike White) and Bob (Danny DeVito), the stray canine who visits. 

One and Only Ivan: George and JuliaOne and Only Ivan: George and Julia
Ramon Rodriguez and Ariana Greenblatt | Disney+

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Mack isn’t the one human in Ivan’s life. George (Ramon Rodriguez) is a caretaker who brings is daughter, Julia (Ariana Greenblatt) to work. When attendance dwindles, Mack brings child elephant Ruby (Brooklynn Prince) to draw new audiences. But, when Julia realizes Ivan can draw, he turns into the star attraction once more. 

‘The One and Only Ivan’ has convincing animals

You would assume after so many Andy Serkis motion pictures, Hollywood might at all times conjure up sensible animals. Movies like Dolittle present it’s not at all times a given, so The One and Only Ivan is certainly one of many good ones. 

Cranston is appearing like he’s coaching stay animals. In actual life, he would truly solely have an actor in a inexperienced swimsuit or a blue stump to work with. Ben Bishop carried out Ivan. The animals transfer like actual animals. They used visible results to regulate the performances extra simply than coaching stay animals, and maybe for the animals’ security too, however they don’t go overboard. A flashback to child Ivan is simply cute. 

Angelina Jolie as StellaAngelina Jolie as Stella
Stella | Disney+

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The animals speak to one another however to not people. So you’ve the superstar voices having conversations amongst the animals, however not breaking the fact that Mack and his workers can solely talk visually with them. 

An emotional efficiency

The One and Only Ivan isn’t as grand a narrative as maybe different animal motion pictures. It all takes place in a mall, however that mall circus is the world to those animals. And that’s a part of the purpose. It shouldn’t be. It could also be unimaginable to allow them to free within the wild, however people can do higher. The animals do enterprise out at one level however the movie stays pretty contained.   

One and Only Ivan outsideOne and Only Ivan outside
The One and Only Ivan | Disney+

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You’ll get emotionally connected to those characters. The refined modifications their lives take provoke massive emotions. Perhaps that’s extra relatable than massive quests. In actual life, small modifications have an effect on all the things. 

One potential theme doesn’t fairly thread right through. Early on, Ivan laments that he has to carry out as an offended chest thumping gorilla for the present. He doesn’t have something to roar about in his snug life. That doesn’t fairly go anyplace, and it’s provocative sufficient that it could be price exploring Ivan discovering a cause to roar or convincing others he doesn’t need to. Perhaps his artwork was meant to exchange the roar.

The One and Only Ivan does land its different theme, that not all people are dangerous. Ivan and Mack have a curler coaster of a relationship, however in the end motivated by love identical to any human household battle. The movie is charming sufficient, after which it reveals some artwork and photographs of the actual Ivan which solely makes the viewer extra fascinated to study extra in regards to the true story. 

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