The One and Only Ivan

The One and Only Ivan ★★★

This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

This review may contain spoilers.


The movie started out as a downer, but got better as it progressed. In the credits, we see footage of the real Ivan, the gorilla that inspired the story. I would have loved to see a documentary on the real Ivan, really. The Disney+ film is okay and features a lot of voice talent from actors such as: Sam Rockwell, Helen Mirren, Danny DeVito, the up-and-coming Brooklynn Prince, and co-producer Angelina Jolie.

Ivan's character reminded me of two animals: Koko the talking gorilla and when he started painting, Bini the Bunny. I looked up Bini's Insta and it turns out that they also play the guitar. I highly recommend checking Bini out, even though it has little to do with this movie.

Vegan alert:
-The gorilla and other animals are kept in a large cage,
-Mack (Bryan Cranston) scoffs at himself asking a gorilla for advice
-Mack yells at dog
-Elephant dies in captivity
-Brian overworks Ruby
-Gorilla shot offscreen