Movie Review: “Ferdinand”, the Bull with an Unbullievably Huge Heart
Updated: Aug 6, 2018
Starring: John Cena, Kate McKinnon, Anthony Anderson, Bobby Cannavale, Peyton Manning, Gina Rodriguez, Miguel Ángel Silvestre, David Tennant
Hot on the heels of Disney and Pixar’s “Coco” is “Ferdinand”, yet another movie to add to this year’s list of animated films.
Which certainly isn’t a bad thing, mind you. With the massive popularity animated films have experienced in recent years, we just can’t get enough of this delightful genre! So you can imagine the small smile promotional posters and decorations of “Ferdinand” had managed to draw from the Nuffnang team.
Does this also apply when the film itself is playing on the big screen, though? Well, before we get to that, allow me to explain what this adorabull movie is about.
What is it about?
Based on the children’s book “The Story of Ferdinand” by Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson, “Ferdinand” is about a gentle bull that had the misfortune of being born in a bullfight training center called Casa Del Toro.
Misfortune, because despite being built to fight, the blood of a fighter does not run through his veins. Really, there is nothing that this friendly bull would like better than to sniff and care for flowers all day long. Yet that is a path that has been discouraged by his peers from the very beginning, because bullfighting is all they’ve ever known and all a bull should ever do.
In their minds, a bull is not a bull if it doesn’t fight.
This all changes, however, the day his father doesn’t return from a fight he was selected to go for. Devastated, Ferdinand runs away from the training center, and eventually ends up at a florist’s farm. There, he is adopted by the owner, Juan, and Juan’s daughter, Nina.
Life is idyllic for a time. Ferdinand manages to live the life he has always wanted; he is loved and cared for, and he’s able to appreciate and grow flowers without fear! Alas, all good things must come to an end when he inadvertently gets carted off to Casa Del Toro… Will he be able to avoid fighting again? Or will he give in and mow down opponents like he’s “supposed” to?
Is it worth a watch?
If what you’re looking for is a simple, feel-good movie that you can watch without thinking too much, then “Ferdinand” might just be right up your alley. If you have a child in tow that you’d like to treat to a movie, even better. We’re sure they’d appreciate the film’s brand of adorable, cheeky humour as much as you do too!
Story-wise, “Ferdinand” features a plot that is easy enough to follow, and a cast of vibrant characters that possess strong, distinctive traits. So much so that the message that the film is trying to relay can be picked up with relative ease. Certainly, there isn’t a shadow of a doubt that the producers kept their main target audience in mind, and so structured the story in a way that is easy to understand, complexity shelved.
However, what is especially worthy of praise isn’t all of that– admirable as they are. What is is how the story stays true to its original message, from start to finish, no matter how trying or impossible circumstances seem. It’s not a simple task, but “Ferdinand” managed it with what feels like unwavering, staunch belief. A lovely, heartwarming film to watch when you have the time, for sure.
While “Ferdinand” is certainly not going to be one of those films that will rest imprinted in your mind for days, weeks or even months to come, it is still a film that will promise an enjoyable time with your family.
Written by Crunch's Melissa Kartini