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The One and Only Ivan

The One and Only Ivan (2020)

Rated PG 93 min - Family Comedy Drama
A gorilla named Ivan who’s living in a suburban shopping mall tries to piece together his past, with the help of other animals, as they hatch a plan to escape from captivity.

Release Date: August 21, 2020

11 Movie Reviews
  • anna_mae
    anna_maeabout 2 months55 popcorn
    This movie is amazing! I loved it so much! It is about Ivan, a silverback western lowland gorilla, lives in the enclosure at Big Top Mall. He performs for Mack, the owner, alongside other performers; a wise and nurturing African elephant named Stella, a spoiled poodle named Snickers, a spunky chicken named Henrietta, a fire truck-riding rabbit named Murphy, a paranoid sea lion named Frankie, and a loquacious parrot named Thelma. Ivan is accompanied by a stray mutt, who they later named Bob, who secretly lives in his enclosure. Mack's janitorial employee George brings his daughter Julia who frequently interacts with Ivan. One day, Julia leaves her old crayons with Ivan who suddenly begins taking an interest in drawing with them. Julia is the only one who can decipher his drawings and what they mean. The Big Top Mall begins losing business much to Mack's concern, but becomes excited when he purchases a baby elephant named Ruby who begins to draw in a crowd. Ivan is initially hesitant over accepting Ruby, especially when she begins to pry into his personal life. When Stella, who has been caring for Ruby, suddenly becomes weaker and unable to perform, Ivan encourages Ruby to embrace the crowd on her own. Afterward, Ruby asks Ivan to tell her a story and Ivan reveals how Mack and his wife Helen adopted him when he was just a baby. As Ivan got bigger, Mack became forgiving of his animalistic behavior, but Helen left him out of frustration. Mack eventually purchased the mall and turned it into a circus. Stella asks Ivan to look after Ruby and make sure she is free before passing away. Mack begins to train Ruby for the circus, which displeases Ivan and he decides to find a way to free her. Ivan's drawings are discovered by Mack and he decides to make it the next big act, but despite the publicity in the news, Ivan refuses to cooperate. At night, Ivan and Bob trick the security guard Castello and free themselves and Ruby. At Ruby's urging, Henrietta, Murphy, Frankie, and Thelma are also released and the animals flee the Big Top Mall to escape to the forest on the other side of the highway while Snickers remains behind. To their disappointment, the "forest" is just an intersection and they are surrounded by more city. Alerted by Castello, Mack manages to bring the animals back and tries to keep their escape a secret. Ruby asks Ivan to tell her another story. At Bob's urging, Ivan finally explains how he used to live in the jungle with other gorillas. Ivan, then known as Mud, loved to make drawings in the mud and play with his sister Tag who loved playing tag. Ivan was separated from his family when poachers came and he had not seen any other gorillas since. As George is informed by Mack to keep this incident from reaching the press while mentioning that he fired Castello, Julia sympathetically gives Ivan some finger paints, and, inspired, he decides to paint a mural. The next day, visitors come in along with the reporter Candace Taylor who has heard about the possible escape and decides to film the show. Ivan's mural, a recreation of a forest and lake, is seen by the crowd who responds positively to it. Julia believes that Ivan wants to be free and informs Candace. Soon, protesters arrive demanding the release of the animals. Mack finally gives in and decides to shut down the mall. As all the animals are taken away, Mack has one final moment with Ivan, thanking him for his time. Ivan is taken to a big gorilla enclosure at the Zoo Atlantic by Dr. Maya Wilson where he is reunited with his kind. To his astonishment, it is situated right next to the elephant enclosure where Ruby is with her kind. Ivan assures Stella's spirit that Ruby is safe under his watch. I recommend this movie for sure! It was so good! Thanks!
    • gold3nglare
      gold3nglarealmost 2 years44 popcorn
      Ivan is a Silverback gorilla. He is very intelligent, and his perspective of the world is very unique. Ivan is quite content with his life. He has 3 amazing friends. Bob, the stray mutt. Stella the wise elephant. And Julia the human. Ivan lives in a small cage at Big Top Mall and Arcade. He's been there for a while. 27 years to be exact! One day, everything changes. New of a new arrival to the mall starts to spread among the animals. Sure enough, a baby elephant is delivered to the mall. Her name is Ruby and she becomes the new mall attraction. Ruby is a cheery and happy little elephant. Ruby and Ivan become friends as the days pass while Stella is getting weaker and weaker because of her foot that is always getting infected because it never healed properly after the circus accident from her youth days. It gets to the point that Stella can only speak in a weak whisper. Late one night, Stella asked Ivan to promise her that she won't let Ruby live the same life that Stella did. Confined. Shackled. Lonely. By morning, Stella is gone. It is a sad day for everyone at the mall. Ivan decides that he should keep his word, and make sure that Ruby gets a better home. I really recommend this flim. I mean, there are sad parts (not sad enough to make you cry though), but overall it is a phenomenal movie!
      • lowkey_amy
        lowkey_amyabout 2 years55 popcorn
        I read the book, which was AMAZING and now i neeeed to watch this!!!!!!!!
        • Johnover 2 years
          That movie was the goodest movie I had seen in my life
          • Makaylah over 2 years
            I think that I really love this movie. 😆
            • William over 2 years
              its awesome. The movie was great.
              • 96
                96over 2 years55 popcorn
                cool movie would reccomned
                • bsc
                  bscover 2 years55 popcorn
                  I loved the book and the movie was very good as well! Ivan is a gorilla that lives in a shopping mall performing tricks at a little circus. When a new elephant Ruby comes, his life is differnet. He learns to care for the little elephant and find a place for all of the animals to live freely. I loved this movie!
                  • rch9
                    rch9over 2 years55 popcorn
                    it's so cool that it is based on a real story
                    • LMZover 2 years
                      Amazing movie!😀😀 But really sad when Stella the elephat dies.😭😭