“We Bought a Zoo” And Why Should I Care?

Genres: Adaptation and Drama
Release Date: December 23rd, 2011 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG for language and some thematic elements.
Distributors: 20th Century Fox Distribution

Director: Cameron Crowe

JJ Rating: B-

Based on the true story of Benjamin Mee (Matt Damon) buying a zoo to start a new life with his family. We Bought a Zoo.

5 Good Things About This Film

  1. The acting. No stand outs, but it was good. This was not a reason for the suckiness of the film. Actually I think that by a small bit Elle Fanning stood out. After seeing her in Super 8, this was different. From serious in Super 8 to down right quirky in this film, Elle Fanning shows that she's got range.
  2. I liked this line said by Benjamin Mee to his son, “You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it.” And I liked how they tied it in to telling the entire story.
  3. That line connects to how the film ends and I like the story Benjamin tells about meeting his wife. So wonderfully done. I wonder why the rest of the film couldn't be that good.
  4. There were a few funny scenes, but that's all I remember was that they existed.
  5. One of my favorite moments was at the beginning when the son said pernicious. That's because I use that as the name of a character in my book. I laughed knowing that not too many people (in that theater and the world) knows what that word means. Nor do they have to. I didn't know what it meant before I searched for a word that would match what the character was.

3 Bad Things About This Film

  1. The way the story was told. I was bored through most of the film.
  2. The script was forgettable, except for the scenes I mentioned.
  3. I was bored through most of it.


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