Sunday, 10 February 2013

'We Bought A Zoo' Film Review

Benjamin Mee (Matt Damon), an adventure-seeker lost his wife six months ago and struggles with his teenage son and young daughter. When he quits his job and his son is expelled from school, Benjamin decides to move house and begins the biggest adventure of his life yet, buying and running a zoo.

Although he is incompetent at first, with the help of head zookeeper Kelly Foster (Scarlett Johansson) and the gang of workers, there may just be a chance they could renew the zoo for opening in just a few months. But when financial trouble, an evil inspector and even the weather is against them, Mee is challenged to pour all of himself into the project.

Based on a true story, the film is well paced and contain a deep narrative. Dealing with relationship themes, themes of loss, love and sacrifice, it is uplifted by comedic moments, especially from shining young actress Maggie Elizabeth Jones, who is irresistibly cute and full of life.

There are things within the movie which almost anyone can relate to and it has a subtle but powerful message whilst being deeply entertaining. The animals were very exotic and gave it a whimsical, artistic effect.

Although the plot is rather predictable, it is none the less enjoyable and the ending is satisfactory, one which the whole family will enjoy.


Scarlett Johansson- Kelly Foster
Matt Damon- Benjamin Mee

Also stars Thomas Haden Church, Elle Fanning, Colin Ford and Maggie Elizabeth Jones.

Matt Damon takes on a different kind of role in this movie, but still manages to impress emotionally, a strong character to lead the rest of the cast, all of which hold their own. 

Scarlett Johansson, as lovable as she is, seems to purse her lips with a semi-smile in 90% of her scenes which as much as I like to see, does not create a very diverse character in Kelly Foster. Thankfully, a dramatic fight scene saves her from being one dimensional and gives her a chance to show range.

'We Bought A Zoo' is the perfect family movie, full of emotion, humour and uplifting moments. We definitely need more movies like this in the cinema. Although linear and somewhat predictable, it is a brilliantly fun yet deep story for the whole family, the brilliant cast led by Matt Damon.

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