We Bought A Zoo 2011

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Set in Southern California, a father moves his young family to the countryside to renovate and re-open a struggling zoo.

Starring:
Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson
Runtime:
2 hours 3 minutes

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We Bought A Zoo

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Genres Drama, Comedy
Director Cameron Crowe
Starring Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson
Supporting actors Elle Fanning, Thomas Haden Church
Studio Twentieth Century Fox
BBFC rating Parental Guidance
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Pantheon TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Oct 2012
Format: Blu-ray
I bought this film because I really liked Jerry Maguire and Vanilla Sky (also directed by Cameron Crowe), Matt Damon as an actor, and because the premise of a guy with no experience of caring for animals buying a zoo sounded interesting. Going in I fully expected to be manipulated by the screenwriter and composer and subsequently had some tissues nearby. Yes, there are moments of predictability in the film; but in all cases they work because they are moments where, as a viewer, you WANT the cliché moment or predictable outcome. I thought the entire cast did a great job with the material. There was only one bit of mis-casting in my opinion; and that was Elle Fanning as Lily. She was playing younger than she actually is but is never convincing in the role. The story itself is inspirational and definitely made our household talk about how wonderful it would be to find the job of your dreams - a job you could actually love. So few of us ever get to experience that.
For anyone who loves feel-good, uplifting movies this is a must own.
The picture and sound quality are superb and the disc is region free. There are also quite a few extras, including a very interesting featurette on the real family and their zoo in Dartmoor.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Dad TOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 May 2012
Format: DVD
Heart-warming, moving, funny, and beautifully acted - We Bought A Zoo is a very enjoyable family movie that will both lift your spirits with its graceful humor, and make you reflect on life and family related issues thanks to the profound message it carries. It's a fantastic adaptation of Benjamin Mee's memoir, and one of the most delightful movies I've seen in recent months.

Colin Ford, who plays the troubled son, was absolutely fantastic in his role. Sympathetic and real, he really brought his character to life with his convincing acting. And so did Matt Damon. Now, I'm not a huge fan of Matt Damon, but I must admit that he really fit into this role perfectly. You could tell that he enjoyed himself and that definitely elevated his performance. Scarlett Johansson surprised me. To be honest, I did not think of Johansson when picturing Kelly Foster while reading the book. I imagined someone taller, tougher and more obviously kick-ars. And yet when I saw Johansson on the screen I knew she was the one! She wasn't her usual girly self, she appeared stronger and fiercer than ever, and I really loved that about her. She turned out to be the perfect girl for the role.

It's not very often that I prefer the movie adaptation over the book its based on, but that's exactly what happened with We Bought a Zoo. I enjoyed the book a lot, but I loved the movie even more. Maybe it's thanks to the fabulous cast and their expressiveness, maybe I loved the animals, or the soundtrack and the uplifting atmosphere it created. Or maybe it's a little bit of everything and how it all came together, exploring the complexity of life, family relationships, grief and love. I don't know. All I know is that I really loved this movie. It moved me. I feel that I learned something important while watching it. It was a magical and enriching experience and I'll definitely recommend watching We Bought A Zoo to all my friends.
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Mr. TC Kong on 8 April 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
What do you do when you lose your wife, whom you have loved with all your soul for over 14 years, and your life and that of your family is falling apart as a result? That is the question that journalist Benjamin Mee has to answer. His solution: relocate and buy a zoo, of course!

Based on a true story, this film recounts the experiences of the Mee family as they struggle to come to terms with life, death, loss and discovery, while trying to breathe new life into a run down zoo at risk of closure by the local authorities. We Bought a Zoo (DVD + Digital Copy) is a heartwarming comedy with many hilarious scenes. Although not listed in the cast credits on the film's website, Colin Ford and Maggie Elizabeth Jones who play Benjamin Mee's children are also worth mentioning for their fine acting - Maggie Elizabeth, who played Rosie, for instance, was adorable; by the end of the movie, I wanted to adopt her!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By P Beardmore on 20 Feb 2013
Format: DVD
Interesting that if you look at the cover of the DVD, it is bright and happy but there is much more going on here than a straight forward feel good movie. The Zoo is really a maguffin (it could have been a circus, cafe, museum etc etc), the real story is of how people deal with the loss of someone they love and rely on. Cameron Crowe always shows sensitivity and puts character developement right at the front and this is no exception. Some of the dialogue is wonderful and makes you want to blow the dust off "Say Anything" (the ultimate Crowe movie). Matt Damon is very solid (when is he not?) and Scarlet Johansson is very good IMHO in a hard role. The kids are good if a little too cute in places.
My main gripes (both minor) the movie lacks pace in the mid section and could lose 10 mins easily. Also, its perhaps the movie tries to do too much as we have the dark side of dealing with death with the sugar coating of a Hollywood ending and perhaps the climax is a little oversimplified.
Finally, I was interested to learn that the original story was based in the UK and it makes you realise just how much shine and gloss Hollywood likes to put onto a "real life" story. Just imagine what a different film it would have been if set in soggy Dartmoor rather than sunny USA.
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