“The One And Only Ivan” is directed by Thea Sherrock. The film is written by Mike White and Katherine Applegate. It is jointly produced by Sue Baden - Powell and . Craig Armstrong gives the music, while the cinematography is done by Florian Ballhaus. Barney Pilling managed the editing of the film. The movie features Sam Rockwell Born on November 5, 1968, in Daly City, California >> Read More... , Bryan Cranston Ostentatiously known for his anti-hero role of Wal >> Read More... , Phillipa Soo, Chaka Khan, Ron Funches, Angelina Jolie, Helen Mirren She is known to be one of the superstars that main >> Read More... , and Danny DeVito They said he is small but terrible; actually he is >> Read More... .
A gorilla named Ivan has spent 27 years in captivity as a circus performer after being taken from the wild as a newborn. As he starts to doubt his existence and crave for freedom, there enters Ruby, a new young elephant. Ivan decides to help her and give her a better life outside the circus. Ivan creates a strategy to help the other animals escape and return to their original habitats.
Sam Rockwell steals the show with his voice acting as the lead character Ivan by perfectly communicating the emotions. Philipa Soo, Chaka Khan, Ron Funches, Angelina Jolie, Helen Mirren, and Danny DeVito suited their voices to the characters quite well. Bryan Cranston as Mack did a commendable job, as playing the human lead between animated characters is not easy.
The audience always loves fantasy drama films, especially those centering around animals. “The One and Only Ivan” is perfectly staged with this theme backed by Disney and based on a medal-winning children's book that successfully creates an animal world and integrates it with human life. The visual effects used in the movie are very realistic, except for a few of the scenes where they could have been improved. The performance from all the voice artists is top-notch and uplifts the film. While the story sticks to its theme and gives a heartwarming angle, it is too simplistic. There are not many elements of surprises, and you start getting bored with an important subplot of Ivan’s ability to draw also seems forced. Although you enjoy the characters and their style, you don’t feel very connected to them as enough time is not spent on developing and connecting the audience with them. The music effects are also not very memorable and don’t help the movie. As the story progresses, it becomes too predictable towards the end.
What’s not there?
The movie does not deliver as well as earlier fantasy films but will appeal to animal lovers, and they can give it a shot.