We Bought a Zoo

Say it Rah-shay By Dec 23, 2011 No Comments

The Bee and I were delighted to see a sneak preview for the new film, We Bought a Zoo. A description from the Facebook page for the movie:

This holiday season, acclaimed filmmaker Cameron Crowe (Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous) directs an amazing and true story about a single dad who decides his family needs a fresh start, so he and his two children move to the most unlikely of places: a zoo. With the help of an eclectic staff, and with many misadventures along the way, the family works to return the dilapidated zoo to its former wonder and glory.

This movie was based on the book We Bought a Zoo: The Amazing True Story of a Young Family, a Broken Down Zoo, and the 200 Wild Animals that Changed Their Lives Forever by Benjamin Mee. It was such an inspiring tale of , We Bought a Zoo was inspiring. It was about the healing of a broken family, finding courage to try a something different and the courage to love.

This movie is definitely for an older crowd. When we attended the screening (and looking at commercials) this movie appears to be about cute zoo animals but it really is a journey in which Matt Damon’s Benjamin Mee learns how to interact with his family again. Learns about himself and move on after the death of his wife. 

I found myself very emotional during the scenes with Damon and his son Dylan played by Colin Ford. As a parent to a tween, having experienced out own change in family dynamics, I find it difficult to know if I am doing the best for her at times. Watching it play out on the big screen was quite touching. 

There is a predictable feel good ending but so what? In a time when people are feeling low and the economy is looking grim I enjoyed this movie about following your heart and dreams and having the courage to do what you feel is right.

I’d say buy a ticket and enjoy!

The official trailer

r’s note: In the spirit of disclosure: The Bee and I were given free tickets to an advanced screening by Allied Marketing. We received no compensation for this post; all opinions are my own.


I am mom, daughter, sister, yarn lover, word lover, crazy cat lady and library chick. Find me with book or with hook and a hot cuppa.

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