I wanted to see “We Bought a Zoo” starring Matt Damon as the preview seemed it imply it was one of those Disney type/feel good movies.
Went to see it today and it was good, but not legendary as one of the those “tug at your heart” types of movies. There was lots of warm and fuzzy parts especially anytime the daughter Rosie (Maggie Elizabeth Jones) was on the screen – she dominates and reels us all in.
Essentially the fairly true accounting of the life of Benjamin Mee who is a adventure/wild man reporter who becomes a widower. The job of raising his 2 children is quite difficult and the kids are working through it all. His teenage son is having the most angst in school and home and hence the move to the country to get away from all, and they end up buying a zoo.
The zoo is back on its heels and needs a funder to it bring back up to code/spec. in order to open. In comes Damon to save the day. Nice supporting actors including Thomas Haden Church and Scarlett Johansson.
What I think the movie does well is not have lots of Disney feel good moments. Rather there is some real life anguish regarding family issues, money issues, business issues that are not really sugar coated and hence they are brought to the surface of the movie and dealt with.
Well attended but not really for little kids. I would start at age 12 and up.
Is a true story of a true unique zoo still in existence today (in England) instead of California and is doing very well due to the bump the movie is providing.