Reasons to watch:
- If you’re a fan of Matt Damon or Scarlett Johanssen
- If you love animals
- If you like true stories or family stories
- If you’re a fan of Cameron Crowe
Reasons to skip:
- If you want a family movie more in the style of Dr. Dolittle
- If you dislike angsty teen boys
- If you really dislike sadness
- If you’re expecting more than what the title suggests
We Bought A Zoo was a pretty enjoyable family movie. I wouldn’t take really young kids to see it however, because despite it’s premise, it’s not a movie for the very young. Not that there is any swearing or sex or drugs or anything of the sort, it’s just much more of a drama than I may have thought initially. A few scenes are even quite sad. Just don’t expect a cartoonishly fun animal movie. Now that’s not to say that kids shouldn’t watch it, just don’t lead them to believe it’s something like Zookeeper.
So how is it for adults as well? It holds up. It’s entertaining enough, but don’t expect anything revolutionary here. It’s a story told often, but it is told well here and in a new setting. The only thing that I could say I hold against it is realism. I figure they nailed managing a zoo fairly well, in terms of caring for the animals. For human visitors, however, I think they would be in way over their head. It seemed like many of the enclosures for some of the bigger animals were just plain unsafe. If that bear or lion really wanted to get out, I’m sure they could. The tigers especially could of just hopped over the railing. Also, it would seem all to easy for a child or adult to fall into the enclosures as well. None of this really takes away from the quality of the movie, however. I’m just something of a realist and dislike seeing things that don’t seem real in movies.