It’s a classic Hollywood story at this point: a professional wrestling superstar rises to fame and fame before dabbling in a potential acting career that eventually explodes making him a household name outside of wrestling fandom. No, we’re not talking about Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson or even his contemporary Dave Bautista. The man who eventually became the face of the modern WWE, John Cena, has been making waves in Hollywood and he doesn’t seem to be stopping any time soon with several projects in the pipeline.
Cena may not be a true thespian, but his charisma is undeniable. Aside from his physique and athleticism that make him an ideal candidate for a film franchise like The Fast and Furious, Cena actually offers more depth than the muscular bravado you might expect from him. Meanwhile he is in the spotlight in big films and TV series like that Suicide Squad, X fastAnd Peacemakersome of Cena’s best work has gone unnoticed.
There are several major players in the big-budget animation arena. Pixar, DreamWorks, and Illumination all come to mind. However, from time to time, smaller companies such as Blue Sky Studios (originally under the 20th Century Fox banner) produced enjoyable family animated features such as Ice Age, RioAnd Undercover Spy. However, Ferdinand may not be one of their immediately recognizable properties as the film never received a sequel. John Cena lent his voice to the titular cow character, Ferdinand.
The film tells the story of price-winning bulls competing in major bullfighting competitions. Ferdinand, despite his large stature, was a rather docile creature. He longs to enjoy the world around him rather than engage in the competitive aggression that drives other prizewinners. On the ranch, things aren’t so hunky dory as the bulls and livestock live in fear of the slaughterhouse. It’s the end game for the animals who seem to have taken advantage of their usefulness. Ferdinand and his friends do everything they can to protect the animals on the farm. This is a family film full of enthusiasm and humor. Cena’s Ferdinand is delightful and heroic, which is everything you could want in an animated adventure title character.
Ferdinand can be streamed Disney+.
Especially on Hulu, Holiday Friends offers a fun ride filled with comedy. The film follows Marcus (Lil Rel Howery) and his fiancee Emily (Yvonne Orji) as they vacation in Mexico where they meet eccentric couple Ron (John Cena) and Kyla (Meredith Hagner). Marcus is your future son-in-law who competes for Emily’s father’s approval while remaining comfortable with his structured personality and living in rigidity. Ron and Kyla, on the other hand, are a pair of free-spirited thrill seekers. The two couples quickly hook up for just one night and it turns into a total blackout scenario drunk style.
Marcus is wary of Ron and Kyla’s fast and easygoing personalities. Fast forward to Marcus and Emily’s wedding a few months later where we see Ron and Kyla call off the wedding. Marcus clashes with Ron despite his friendly demeanor and things turn wild. Holiday Friends capitalizing on Cena’s penchant for laughs ultimately results in a fun R-rated comedy. That’s right, it’s only for the adults in the room.
Holiday Friends can be streamed Upstream.
Imagine John Cena starring in a political thriller. In fact, no imagination is needed. Independent putting a famous wrestler in that particular role. In a world where Cena is known for his intelligence or tough action hero persona, being a Presidential candidate is something very different for the leader.
The film primarily focuses on Elisha “Eli” James (Jodie-Turner-Smith) whose work as a reporter bears the fruit of a conspiracy in the midst of a high-stakes United States Presidential election season. While the Democratic incumbent, the Republican front-runner, and the notorious Independent, Nate Sterling (John Cena), clash on the public stage, Eli and his partner, Nick Booker (SuccessionBrian Cox) uncovered an embezzlement scheme surrounding one of the leading candidates.
The film examines the cruel world of public perception and political division. We live in an era where most people are exhausted by the multitude of politicians who never seem to truly disappoint those in power. Independent discussing the idea of a first-time female presidential candidate or the potential for an independent candidate to actually win the election bringing the two-party system into question. These are the compelling themes surrounding a fascinating corruption scandal – the heart of an excellent thriller.
Independent can be rented or purchased at Prime Video and other digital vendors.