We Bought a Zoo Reviews
Some scenes are clearly for children and others really aren't.
I've seen this in other children's films on occasion. It's always shocking from a compositional perspective. And after the first incident suspending disbelief throughout the remainder of the film requires effort.
Also, although the actors are really fantastic and I think did a great job given the material, as other critics have said, the characters are generally flat.
All that said, there were some really great and poignant moments however. And although really uneven and problematic, I can't bring myself to give it only one star.
"All it takes is 10 seconds of insane courage"
Benjamin moved in with his family to that zoo in 2006
Now Benjamin is a Hero because he got the zoo to open and run again!! If no one would have taken this Jon the zoo would have been gone. But That's why we have Benjamin to thank and I will say he is a Hero to having the zoo up and running!! The zoo is called Darmoor, South West England.
The story is based on a real one, although names and the timelines are altered for dramatic effect and the story is moved from the UK to California.
There is just about enough emotional value in this without it going too Hollywood. Not an easy film to get right, I think some of the characters are probably a bit too much of a characature, but it did provide enough light relief to balance it all out.