We Bought a Zoo: Movie Review

Jan 2, 2012 | 2012 Articles, Books & Tales, Movies, Sheryl Wall

by Sheryl Wall

Special coupon for Dinuba Platinum Theatre at the end of this review.

We Bought A Zoo is based on a true story. It stars Matt Damon who plays Benjamin Mee, a widowed dad trying to get his family back after the loss of his wife. He wants to have a fresh start and ends up buying a struggling zoo. If no one bought it, many animals would have to be destroyed and the zoo would never re open.

He and his small staff work hard to get it back up and running again. They find many obstacles in the way of accomplishing this goal but they work together and the zoo eventually opens up. Benjamin’s daughter Rosie falls in love with all the animals and starts to open up and be happy again. However, his son Dylan takes a lot more convincing that owning a zoo is the right choice for his family. He feels angry and upset that his dad took him away from his home and friends. As the movie unfolds, Dylan starts to find his way and begins to reconnect with his dad. He even falls in love with a young girl named Lily played by Elle Fanning.

We went as a family on Christmas Day to see We Bought a Zoo. It was a great family film filled with adventure and many emotional scenes. I really enjoy the emotional bond Benjamin forms with the 17-year-old ailing Tiger, Spar and how that relationship helped him through his healing from the loss of his wife. All the animals in the movie are incredible to watch, the tigers especially are amazing. Maggie Elizabeth Jones was a great choice for the part of Rosie; she is a really good actress and was adorable in her part as the daughter. We Bought a Zoo is definitely a must see movie for the whole family.

We Bought A Zoo is now playing at Dinuba Platinum Theatres 6. Showtimes can be found on their website.

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1 Comment

  1. Sounds like a fun movie!! I have to take my grandson to see it!!! Thanks!!


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