Dann's Review of We Bought a Zoo
We Bought a Zoo(2011)
Inspired by a true story, We Bought a Zoo is a touching family drama from writer/director Cameron Crowe. After becoming a widower, adventure seeker Benjamin Mee decides to move his family to the countryside, but his new home comes with a catch; he must also become the owner/operator of an adjacent zoo that's part of the property. Starring Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, Elle Fanning, and Thomas Haden Church, the film has a strong cast that delivers good performances. The film relies heavily on the cliches and tropes of a family drama, but Crowe uses this to his advantage to set the right tone and economize the storytelling. We Bought a Zoo is entertaining and fun, with an uplifting message.