Director: Cameron Crowe
Stars: Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, Thomas Haden Church, Elle Fanning, Colin Ford, Maggie Elizabeth Jones, John Michael Higgins
Benjamin Mee has lost his wife. His two children are working on dealing with the loss, but the son, Dylan, has been expelled from school. Ben decides that his family needs a new start with a big change. He takes his youngest child, Rosie with him to look for a new house. The house that they pick has a closed but working zoo attached to it. The zoo comes with a small staff to help run the property. He is worried about passing the zoo inspection, but everyone helps out to make sure everything is working well. He is hoping the process of getting the zoo ready to open that his family will grow closer and stronger.
This movie was so much better than I thought it would be. The characters or the movie does not take itself too seriously at all. The movie is light an entertaining. What else could you ask for. Cameron Crowe pulled out another good movie. He just has a way of making these simple stories seem so much larger and grander than they are. He makes you believe in the story and the characters. The movie starts out a bit slow, but as the movies moves along you become more interested in the story. Once the movies gets going it does not seem to last too long.
The acting in the movie is normal. No one is over the top or anything like that or even close to it. There are mostly normal conversations going on through the movie. The acting is good though, just not great. Matt Damon is a little believable as a dad, and someone who works with his hands. Scarlett Johansson is more believable in her role than most of the others. seeing the two of them as a couple is the most weird part of the whole movie.
There is nothing dirty or anything like that in the movie at all, so it is good for the whole family. I think it is. If you find the movie on, then give it a watch. I do not think that you will be disappointed. Enjoy.
We Bought a Zoo (2011) Trailer