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THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN (2020): The Things I Liked…

The One and Only Ivan (2020), Walt Disney Studios
The One and Only Ivan (2020), Walt Disney Studios

Starring Bryan Cranston, Angelina Jolie, Helen Mirren and Sam Rockwell, I was drawn to Disney’s partly-animated adventure/comedy The One and Only Ivan, because I knew that the ending was going to be a happy one. What I didn’t know until I saw the movie is that The One and Only Ivan is based on a true story.

Set in a circus at the mall, at the heart of the film is Ivan, a gorilla who’s trying to piece together his past as he and his elephant friend Stella plan to escape from captivity. Though director Thea Sharrock’s movie is quite predictable, I found that I didn’t mind too much. Especially since my main motivation for watching the film was to see a bunch of animals get their happy ending. 

There’s no denying that a faster pace would have helped my enjoyment overall. And it did prove arduous watching the animals get excited about their initial plan to escape captivity. Particularly considering how clear it was to adult viewers just how dangerous an actual escape would be for the animals. Perhaps, since The One and Only Ivan is ultimately a movie for children, it may be that the futility of the initial escape plan wouldn’t be so obvious to a young audience, meaning those scenes wouldn’t prove as taxing as they did for me.

The good news is that even with the elements that bothered me, I’m glad I stuck with The One and Only Ivan, because of the happy ending I wanted. 

As for the question of whether I’d call The One and Only Ivan a great Disney film. No. Yet it’s also not completely terrible. As such, if you’re curious enough, give it a chance. Just don’t leave your patience at the door – and remember, it is ultimately aimed at children. 

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THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN (2020): New Trailer From Bryan Cranston, Sam Rockwell, Angelina Jolie, Helen Mirren…

The One and Only Ivan (2020), Walt Disney Studios
The One and Only Ivan (2020), Walt Disney Studios

Read my spoiler-free movie review of The One and Only Ivan (2020).

In Angelina Jolie, Helen Mirren, Bryan Cranston and Sam Rockwell’s latest ,The One and Only Ivan, a gorilla tries to piece together his past with the help of an elephant named Stella, as they work on a plan to escape from captivity.

A partly animated adventure/comedy directed by Thea Sharrock, additional key cast includes Danny DeVito, Brooklynn Prince, Phillipa Soo…

I’m certainly not the biggest fan of circuses. As such, I’m glad it looks as though by the end, this movie will put a big smile on my face. Also, it has elephants!

Ariana Greenblatt, Eleanor Matsuura, Ramon Rodriguez, Ramon Rodriguez, Betsy Graver and Owain Arthur

The one and Only Ivan Release Dates: Augustt 21st, 2020 (US)…

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MALEFICENT – MISTRESS OF EVIL (2019): New Trailer From Angelina Jolie, Michelle Pfeiffer, Elle Fanning, Ed Skrein…

Maleficent - Mistress Of Evil (2019), Angelina Jolie, Walt Disney Studios
Maleficent – Mistress Of Evil (2019), Angelina Jolie, Walt Disney Studios

The trailer for the long awaited sequel I’d almost forgotten about, Maleficent – Mistress Of Evil just landed.

Starring Angelina Jolie, Michelle Pfeiffer, Ed Skrein and Elle Fanning; director Joachim Rønning’s movie will further explore the complex relationship between Maleficent and Aurora, as they face new threats to the magical land of the Moors…

I’m certainly happy to see Jolie on the big screen again. And as my favourite evil queen of all things.

Cant wait for the visuals and to watch the dynamic between Maleficent and Pfeiffer’s Queen Ingrith.

Juno Temple, Kae Alexander, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Harris Dickinson, Teresa Mahoney, Imelda Staunton, Lesley Manville and Sam Riley aslo star.

Maleficent – Mistress Of Evil Release Dates: October 18th, 2019 (US & UK)…

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FIRST THEY KILLED MY FATHER – A DAUGHTER Of CAMBODIA REMEMBERS (2017): New Trailer From Director Angelina Jolie…

First They Killed My Father - A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers (2017), Sareum Srey Moch
First They Killed My Father – A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers (2017), Sareum Srey Moch

First They Killed My Father – A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers is the latest from director Angelina Jolie. Starring Sareum Srey Moch, Phoeung Kompheak and Sveng Socheata, the film tells the story of Cambodian author and human rights activist Loung Ung and the horrors she suffered under the rule of the deadly Khmer Rouge…

This is one of my favourite trailers of 2017 so far. The absence of dialogue and all that we don’t yet see makes the imagery that much more chilling. I wonder how this will compare to the child soldier story of Cary Joji Fukunaga’s  Beasts Of No Nation (2015).

I have no doubt that this will be moving and inspiring, in a way that’s similiar to Jolie’s last biography, Unbroken (2014)

First They Killed My Father – A Daughter Of Cambodia Remembers Release Dates: September 15th, 2017 (US)…

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