Based on a true story written by Benjamin Mee, with a screenplay co-written by Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada) and director Cameron Crowe, this is a pleasant, and at times moving, family-oriented film. It has animals, children and fine performances from Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson, but it suffers from the lack of emotional honesty and unpredictability that made Cameron Crowe's earlier films (Say Anything..., Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous, Elizabethtown) so compelling. This film will certainly appeal to pre-teen children who love animals. If you've enjoyed films like Fly Away Home, Nim's Island, or Dolphin Tale, then you'll likely enjoy We Bought a Zoo.
[Blogger's rating: *** out of 5 stars.]
Labels: drama, family
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