“Ferdinand” the Best Family-Friendly Film Review


“Ferdinand based on the children’s book “The Story of Ferdinand,” written by Munro Leaf, is an outstanding animated movie.  It focuses on Ferdinand the bull, voiced by John Cena, and his unwillingness to fight.  Shortly into the movie, Ferdinand’s dad goes away to fight in the ring.  This movie does a great job by making the viewers feel an arrange of emotions during this film.  Viewers can’t help but feel bad for Ferdinand who is a child at the time when they see that his dad doesn’t come back due to dying in the ring.  Ferdinand then moves and goes to live with his new owner Nina who is a young girl.

This film also has an upbeat soundtrack featuring the voice of Nick Jonas.  The song that he sings is “Home” and it perfectly fits the movie’s plot.  This song is played when Ferdinand is growing up and bonding with Nina.  Another catchy song in this movie is “Watch Me,” and it is played when the horses are having a dance off with the bulls at the barn.  This happens after Ferdinand is taken away from Nina at the barn and goes to the first barn he was at.

This movie also does a great job using humor.  One humorous scene is when Ferdinand goes to the Flower Festival and accidentally goes into a china shop, a literal “bull in a china shop.”  Another humorous scene is when Ferdinand and Lupe, the calming goat, are asleep and the hedge hogs come in to try to steal food and a dancing flower toy.  When the hedgehogs are caught, they try to distract Ferdinand and Lupe by doing the Macarena, before introducing themselves.  Their names are Una, Dos, and Cuatro.  When asked what happened to Treis, they respond saying, “We do not speak of Treis,” indicating that Treis has died.  Fortunately, the hedgehogs find Treis at the end of the movie.

This family-friendly movie also has a wonderful moral.  John Cena states that this moral is, “Don’t judge a bull by its cover.”  In other words, it’s OK for anyone to be different from their stereotype.  This moral is shown best at the end of the movie when Ferdinand gets respect from the crowd by refusing to fight bullfighter El Primero in the ring.  Just because you’re a bull, doesn’t mean you have to fight.

Prompt 3

Robert Ebert is a great reviewer because he  gives a great overall summary of the movies  He truly expresses his mind about how his feelings towards them.  In reviewing Lincoln. he gives great details about some of the characters.  When Ebert reviewed Texas Chainsaw Massacre, he is very blunt about how he dislikes it.

My favorite review was Taylor Swift: Reputation.  I liked how Rob compares Reputation to her other albums.  I also like how Rob quotes some of her lyrics in the article.  Rob also does a great job at stating where Taylor Swift was coming from when she wrote her songs and how she felt.  Rob is great at stating how he feels about her albums calling it powerful.

I think Pink and Autumn were effective.  They were both effective because they both get to the point of what the content is while expressing how the feel about the book or songs.  It makes the reader of the reviews want to look into the book or songs more.

I feel like the most important traits of reviews are to give an overview of what the writer is reviewing while clearly stating how they feel about it.  When stating why he or she likes the albums, book, or concert it is important to explain the reason he or she likes it.


Why It’s Important that Entertainment Shines Light on Mental Health Struggles

Everything in our lives impacts us in one way or another, including entertainment.  Songs, shows and films can be really powerful because they can influence how we think and feel about certain topics.  Some include struggles regarding mental health or shine light on mental illnesses.  It’s really important when this happens because it can be comforting to people with mental illnesses, and it also helps spread awareness about mental health.

Shows that have characters with mental illnesses can be comforting to people who have mental illnesses.  In the show Shameless the character Ian Gallagher has bipolar.  He gets a job as an EMT but gets fired due to lying on his job application about not having a mental illness.  After Ian gets fired, he shows back up to work telling his boss that he wants his job.  He tells his boss that he lied on his job application, because he knew he wouldn’t get the job if he said that he had bipolar.  He says, “I am handicapped.  It’s not my fault.  I did nothing to bring this on myself.  I have a disease.”  Coming from someone who has a mental illness, I think this is a perfect way to describe what a mental illness is like.  Casey R. voiced her opinion about this character to the mental health blog, The Mighty, saying, “I was just diagnosed when I started watching the show.  It was comforting to see Ian go through his ups and downs to survive.”

When songs reflect mental health struggles it can be empowering.  One song that I find empowering is “Believe in Me,” by Demi Lovato: “I don’t wanna be afraid/ I wanna wake up feeling beautiful… today/ And know that I’m ok/ Cause everyone’s perfect in unusual ways/ So you see I wanna believe in me.”  This song empowers me to believe in myself.

Songs and shows that are about mental health problems can also be good because they can spread awareness.  One song that has spread awareness is “Drown,” by Bring Me the Horizon: “What doesn’t destroy you, leaves you broken instead, Got a hole in my soul growing deeper and deeper/ And I can’t take one more moment of this silence/ The loneliness is haunting me/ And the weight of the world’s getting harder to hold up.”  Stacey Cora- May Luscott told Teen Vogue that the song made her husband understand her depression saying, “Every feeling I had was described in that one song and made me realize I really wasn’t alone.  It helped my husband understand what was going on with me.”

When TV shows and music include realistic portrayals of mental illness, it can be more than just entertainment for the audience.  It can truly be impactful.

Prompt #2

All of these editorials are about injustices.  “Twitter walks a fine line on free speech,” is about Twitter trying to set boundaries on the offensive content that is posted.  “The truth is about the international students; it’s time to act,” is about how international students who are going to Country Day School through the UC Educations program are being mistreated.  “Will Trump’s lows ever hit rock bottom?”, is about how Trump’s being a disgraceful president. “Campus sexual assault one year later:  ‘A Sick Cultural Norm Continues to Worsen'” was about sexual assault and the misconduct done by Cash and McClean.  Dumbing down high school was about classes in Illinois being too easy and not preparing students for college.

The differences between these editorials and the columns we read last week were that these editorials did not focus on the author’s individual life in some way.  In other words, the columns we read last week were about the authors’ personal experiences, unlike the editorials we read this week.

The editorial that was most effective was Dumbing down high school.  I found this to be the most interesting editorial.  I also could somewhat relate to it.  I remember at my previous private school, some of the classes were really easy; one of the teachers at that school even gave study guides which had the exact same questions that were on the test.

I think the least effective editorial was “Will Trump’s lows ever hit rock bottom?”  Although this editorial was very informative, I found this to be the least effective because  it wasn’t that interesting to me.  This is due to the fact that I normally am not interested in politics.  Also, there’s probably not a whole lot people can do to stop Trump if he’s making bad decisions.

Prompt 1

Mexican in the Age of Trump, Finding the Courage to Reveal a Fetish, The Girls Who Fainted at the Sight of an Egg, We are the Church, and We Need Gun Control More Than Ever are all opinion pieces that reflect the deep feelings of each individual author.  In each of these pieces, the reader gets to reflect on why the author feels a certain way.  The topics are important to the authors.  Another thing that all of these articles have in common is that they involve other people.  In the Mexican in the Age of Trump, Maria explains how Trump is negatively affecting people’s lives.  In Finding the Courage to Reveal a Fettish, Jillian reveals how she was part of an online forum about spanking fetishes.  In The Girls Who Fainted at the Sight of an Egg, Yemishi talks about someone’s strict grandmother.  In We Are the Church, Jenny talks about the importance of the people who went to her church.  Finally, In We Need Gun Control More Than Ever, Frank Campos talks about mass shootings and how that there needs to be stricter gun laws.

My favorite article was Mexican in the Age of Trump.  I really like how she explained in detail how she felt about her being a Mexican visiting America with a visa and how she felt about Trump being president.  I also like how she quoted what her mother and Trump said.

The least effective piece for me was Finding the Courage to Reveal a Fetish.  I don’t really understand things that are sexual, especially fetishes.  I also don’t understand why someone would want another person to inflict pain on them.  It also made me feel a little uncomfortable reading it.

Finally, I would really like to ask Frank Campos if he thinks there are better weapons to use for self-defense instead of using guns.