Starring: Sam Rockwell, Angelina Jolie, Danny DeVito, Bryan Cranston, Ramón Rodríguez, Brooklynn Prince, Ariana Greenblatt, Helen Mirren, Chaka Khan, Ron Funches, Phillipa Soo, Mike White
OUR RATING: ★★★☆☆
Disney’s fantasy comedy directed by Thea Sharrock. The story follows Ivan (Sam Rockwell), a gorilla who shares a communal habitat in a suburban shopping mall, owned by Mack (Bryan Cranston), with Stella (Angelina Jolie) the elephant, Bob (Danny DeVito) the dog, and various other animals. Ivan has few memories of the jungle where he was captured, but when a baby elephant named Ruby (Brooklynn Prince) arrives, it touches something deep within him and makes him question his captivity.
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Ivan: Hi, I’m Ivan. I’m a gorilla. It’s not as easy as it looks. You’ll see.
Ivan: Out this window is the billboard for my show. I’m the headliner. Which means I’m the star. I look pretty ferocious, don’t I? I’m never really angry, but I can pretend. That’s my job.
Ivan: For twenty years humans have come from miles around to visit me at the Big Top Mall and Video Arcade at exit eight. And this is our tent, where we perform inside the mall.
Ivan: This is Mack. I’ve known him for as long as I can remember. He’s a little bit of a ham.
Ivan: I don’t do any tricks. Mack says it’s enough for me to be me. But I’m the headliner, so I come on last. Sounds like a lot of pressure, I know, but I love my job.
[to Ivan, referring to their fall in ticket sales]
Mack: This ain’t good, kid. This won’t even begin to cover food and rent. We got to pack them in again. Get the excitement back, you know? If we don’t, it’s over. Then what are we going to do?
Mack: Great. Asking a gorilla for advice.
Stella: Don’t you just love the moon, with its untroubled smile?
Ivan: I prefer the sun. I love the feel of sun on my belly.
Stella: It is an impressive belly, my friend.
[referring to Bob, who’s sleeping on his belly]
Ivan: You know, the first night he snuck in here he was half this size. He was adorable. I dreamt I ate a furry doughnut.
Ivan: Do you think I’ve lost my edge? I mean, if they want an angry gorilla, I can still be that. Why do they want an angry gorilla anyway?
Stella: I think humans like us one way. And gorillas they see as angry.
Ivan: My father used to say, “Anger is precious. Use it to keep order and warn others of danger.” But here, there’s no one to protect. Sometimes it’s hard to roar for no reason.
Stella: I know.
Thelma: It’s all under control. It’s all under control.
Mack: Do the words “Bird for sale” mean anything to you? Do they?
Thelma: “Bird for sale”?
Mack: Yeah. Well, just remember that.
[referring to the crayons Julia left for Ivan]
Bob: What are you going to do with that?
Ivan: I’m not sure.
Bob: I’d probably eat it.
Ivan: It’s a crayon.
Bob: I know it’s a crayon.
[referring to Ivan’s drawing]
Bob: What is it? A flying cow?
Bob: Is it a hand?
Bob: Hands are so tough to get right.
[referring to Ivan’s drawing]
Bob: It’s a lonely haystack on a late summer day.
Ivan: It’s a beetle.
Bob: Oh! A beetle, huh? I never would’ve guessed. A beetle. Right, there are the legs. I see the legs.
Mack: Things will be picking up around here in no time. You know, it’s ebb and flow.
Mike: I know all about the ebb. I haven’t seen the flow in a while.
Bob: Hey, Ivan. My heart’s still racing from your show.
Bob: Yeah. I mean, that was real rage, right? What did do, stick pins in your feet?
Ivan: No. I was just acting.
Bob: What? You should be teaching a class.
Ivan: Thanks, man.
[after Julia does a drawing of Bob giving him his name]
Bob: A little presumptuous, don’t you think?
Ivan: What’s “presumptuous” mean?
Julia: Look what Ivan drew.
George: Oh, look at that. He made a little scribble, huh?
Julia: It’s not a scribble. It’s a beetle. He drew a beetle.
George: Well, I guess you need an artist’s eye to see it, huh? Like yours?
[referring to Julia’s name for him]
Bob: Bob? Why do they think they can go around naming everything? If she weren’t so cute, I’d nip her on the nose.
Bob: Curiosity killed the cat, but fed the dog.
Snickers: Why don’t you just give in to domesticity?
Bob: Because I like my freedom, thank you very much.
[starts eating from Snickers food bowl]
Bob: May I?
Snickers: Well, then, you’ll just have to keep on eating leftovers and sleeping on cement.
Bob: I never sleep on cement. I sleep on Ivan.
[referring to Ivan’s baby gorilla soft toy]
Ruby: Why is she named Not-Tag?
Ivan: It’s a long story.
Ruby: Ooh, I love stories!
Ivan: I’m sure you do, but I’m busy.
Ruby: You don’t look busy.
Ivan: Looks are deceiving.
Bob: Ivan’s always been the headliner here.
Ivan: You hear that? The headliner.
Ruby: Wow! Why?
Bob: Because he’s a silverback. He terrifies humans.
Ruby: [giggles] You’re not terrifying.
Ivan: Yeah, I am. I’m very scary. So, you know, run along, before I start thumping and roaring with rage.
[referring to Ruby]
Henrietta: That little angel is the best thing that could ever happen to us.
Ruby: Know any jokes? I do. How do you know an elephant has been in the refrigerator?
Ruby: Footprints in the butter! Isn’t that funny?
[as Ruby begins to be more popular and draws in the crowd]
Bob: She’s a flash in the pan. Babies don’t stay babies forever. Your appeal is timeless.
Ivan: It’s not the baby’s job to save the troop. It’s the job of a silverback. It’s my job.
Bob: Uh, I don’t think she got the memo.
Stella: You’re doing so great in the show, Ruby.
Ruby: Thanks, Aunt Stella. I’m sorry about your foot.
Stella: It’s just tired of carrying me around all these years.
Stella: Not all humans are bad. They can surprise you.
Bob: [skeptically] Uh-huh.
Ruby: Are all animals free in the wild?
Ruby: Well, will we ever be free?
Stella: There are places, not very far from here. Safe places. With trees, and grass, and lakes. Where animals can roam free.
Ruby: The wild.
Stella: Like the wild. Where humans make amends.
[as Ruby is scared to do face the crowd on her own]
Ivan: Listen to me. They’re going to love you.
Ruby: Really? Are you sure?
Ivan: Sure, I’m sure. You don’t even have to do anything. Just stand out there and be you.
[as Ivan is going to draw a carrot for Ruby to help with her hunger]
Ruby: You know how to draw?
Ivan: Yeah. But don’t tell anybody.
Ivan: Because I’m a silverback.
Ivan: So just don’t say anything, because, well, then everybody will want one. Then what am I going to do? Then I got no time to be ferocious.
Ivan: Do you want to hear a story?
Ruby: Yes, please. Like one of Stella’s stories, from when you were little.
Ivan: Oh. I don’t remember things from when I was little.
Bob: Yeah. He’s the total opposite of an elephant. He can’t remember a thing.
Bob: You want to hear about my life?
Bob: Okay. Well, I was living a pretty good life, until I was abandoned in the streets by a mean human being. Then I fell off a bridge into a river and almost drowned. That’s it. End of story. Now go to sleep.
Ivan: Okay. That’s… Thanks. That’s not a bedtime story.
Bob: Ah, guess not. It’s got a happy ending though. I ended up here with you, my best buddy ole pal.
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