SWITCH.
MEMBER SIGN IN
    
Keep up-to-date on your favourite artists and movies, track gig and release dates, and join in the conversation.

SEARCH RESULTS FOR
JOIN NOW.

Keep up to date with your favourite artists and new music with SWITCH. It's easy - just follow these steps:

1JOIN up - it's simple and free
 
2FOLLOW artists and films
 
3TRACK events on your personalised calendar
 
review, We Bought A Zoo, We, Bought, A, Zoo, film, movie, latest movies, new movie, movie ratings, current movie reviews, latest films, recent movies, current movies, movie critics, new movie reviews, latest movie reviews, latest movies out, the latest movies, review film, latest cinema releases, Australian reviews, cinema, cinema reviews film rating
REVIEW:

WE BOUGHT A ZOO


The family film


By Jess Fenton, 24th December 2011
review, We Bought A Zoo, We, Bought, A, Zoo, film, movie, latest movies, new movie, movie ratings, current movie reviews, latest films, recent movies, current movies, movie critics, new movie reviews, latest movie reviews, latest movies out, the latest movies, review film, latest cinema releases, Australian reviews, cinema, cinema reviews
SWITCH logoReview. 

WE BOUGHT A ZOO

|

THE FAMILY FILM

film rating
RELEASE DATE: 26/12/2012
CAST: MATT DAMON - BENJAMIN MEE
SCARLETT JOHANSSON - KELLY FOSTER
ELLE FANNING - LILY MISKA
THOMAS HAYDEN CHURCH - DUNCAN MEE
PATRICK FUGIT - ROBIN JONES
DIRECTOR: CAMERON CROWE
WRITERS: ALINE BROSH McKENNA
CAMERON CROWE
PRODUCER: JULIE YORN
WEBSITE:  WWW.WEBOUGHTAZOO.COM
SWITCH logo
FAST FACTS.
Jess Fenton
By Jess Fenton, 24th December 2011
When walking into a film that has the words “Based on a true story” plastered all over its posters and opening credits, you can only be sure of one thing; you are going to cry. So trust me when I say that this film delivers.

‘We Bought A Zoo’ is based on a book of the same name by Benjamin Mee (played on screen by Matt Damon). It’s the story of a recently widowed father of two who buys a zoo in an effort to “start over”, as his brother Duncan (Thomas Haden Church) encourages him to do. This Cameron Crowe adaptation, which he co-wrote, takes place at Rosemoor, a rundown wildlife park outside of San Francisco, transposing the real life Dartmoor of Devon, England to a more U.S. friendly setting.

In the hands of any other director, this film could have turned into cheap Hollywood tripe. But Crowe did what Crowe does best and filled its scenes with loads of genuine heart - but unfortunately, no guts. ‘Zoo’ still has a touch of Hollywood fluff attached to it - but don’t worry, it’s hard to see through the veil of tears.

WE BOUGHT A ZOO - TRAILER

Matt Damon delivers as solid a performance as ever, supported by the two talented youngsters (Colin Ford and Maggie Elizabeth Jones) playing his children. Haden Church is irreverent and charming as always and the merry band of misfits that make up the Zoo staff (Patrick Fugit, Angus Macfadyen) keep the energy up just enough.

Scarlett Johansson’s head zookeeper Kelly Foster is a little weak, through no fault of the actress, but a messy back story and too much focus on the Benjamin character. Also, the 14 year age gap between Johansson and Damon was a little much for comfortable plausibility.

As with all Crowe films, his impeccable music taste saturates the scenes, with the dulcet tones of Petty, Dylan and Vedder providing the soundtrack, along with Sigur Ros’ Jonsi behind the score.

It’s been six years since we’ve seen a Cameron Crowe feature film on the big screen (eleven years since we’ve seen a good one). While ‘Zoo’ isn’t quite up to “Cameron Crowe” snuff, it’s getting there. Hopefully ‘We Bought A Zoo’ marks the beginning of an upwards climb for the long gone, and even longer missed, Mr Crowe.

COMMENTS
TO LEAVE A COMMENT ON THIS ARTICLE, PLEASE SIGN IN AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE OR CLICK HERE TO JOIN.

© 2011 - 2017 midnightproductions | All rights reserved
© 2011 - 2017 midnightproductions
All rights reserved

Disclaimer | Contact Us