Film based on a true story, where Matt Damon stars as Benjamin Mee, a struggling single dad who decides his family needs a fresh start. So he and his two kids move to the most unlikely of places: a run-down zoo with a herd of needy exotic animals. Faced with runaway snakes, a depressed bear and a sick tiger, Benjamin soon realises he's in way over his head on this wild and wooly adventure. But with help from plucky, head zookeeper Kelly (Scarlett Johansson), Benjamin and his brood may just stay one step ahead of the inspector and pull off a triumphant grand opening.
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- We Bought a Zoo review by MA
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ths is the firt time i have watched this flm and have been dying to see it for sometime for people who have watched marley and me this is very simalar the film gets u right into the story with t and its really enjoyable to watch the end of the film is qwiet touchng would recommend this film to anyone as its a film u could watch over and over again with a great actor like matt damon by mchael anderson
When it comes to romanticism and sentimentality, director Cameron Crowe is your man. He brought us ‘Say Anything’ (John Cusack with a boombox playing Peter Gabriel’s ‘In Your Eyes’), ‘Jerry Maguire’ (‘You complete me’ and ‘You had me at hello,’ anyone?), and ‘Almost Famous’ (with the famous Elton John scene of the cast singing ‘Tiny Dancer’) – Crowe knows how to make a lasting and heartfelt impression. In ‘We Bought A Zoo’, his first film after taking a breather for six years, Crowe is back to his fine romantic form and actors Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson tag along.
‘We Bought A Zoo’ is based on the 2008 memoir of Benjamin Mee, the character that Matt Damon portrays, a British journalist who turns his son and daughter’s life around by quitting his job and well, buying a zoo. In director Cameron Crowe’s version, they change the nationalities and setting – it’s now set in America – but the essential things are the same.
Benjamin Mee and his children are experiencing grief after the death of his wife due to a terminal illness. The rundown zoo is the project the Mees would like to rebuild because if they can, it means they can start fresh and although they will not ever be able to move on, at least a semblance of it is enough. Within the zoo exotic animals and unpaid zookeepers run amok, but at the helm is Kelly (Scarlett Johansson), who is dedicated to her job and even maybe, could be Benjamin’s next new love.
The faults of ‘We Bought A Zoo’ may be because director Cameron Crowe is not exactly a film auteur. His films reveal a simple and sincere bone in its storytelling. And if it’s a Crowe film, dialogue will be quotable and the music more importantly so. For ‘We Bought A Zoo’, Jonsi of Icelandic rock band Sigur Ros was hired to do its original score, and the marriage of zoo animals and atmospheric music? Magic. Overall, the film is well-acted by everyone. The issues are problematic but can be resolved. You may even cry. A good cry.
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Melissa Orcine - Cinema Paradiso
Parental Guidance - general viewing but some scenes may be unsuitable for young children