Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Movie review of We bought a zoo


We bought a zoo - 6/10
Directed by Cameron Crowe
Cast - Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, Thomas Hayden Church

Plot Summary
Set in Southern California, a father moves his young family to the countryside to renovate and re-open a struggling zoo.

Review
I was alittle apprehensive on watching the latest Cameron Crowe flick cause his last one, Elizabethtown featuring Kirsten Dunst and Orlando Bloom was fuckall.But this one has Matt Damon in it and so far he hasn't disappointed me yet on his choice of roles.Surprisingly, We bought a zoo was fun,touching and a feel good movie which is based on a true story.There is nothing great or fantastic about this movie but what I enjoyed was its simple approach to story telling.Nothing extravagant,no special effects and what not.
Casting was pretty good,I have to say. Matt Damon did a great job acting as a single father bringing up two kids whilst coping the loss of his wife.He was funny and convincingly touching in his scenes except for one scene where he attempts to cry while looking at pictures of his wife on a laptop.He looked like he was taking a shit instead of crying.That was bad man... Jason Bourne doesn't cry.haha. Well overall he did a great job and I don't think any other actor could have done it. Scarlett Johansson and Thomas Hayden Church were pretty much fillers for this movie.They weren't fucked up or anything.It was just that the focus of this movie was solely on Matt Damon's character and his two kids.Colin Ford and Mary Elizabeth Jones acted as Dylan and Rosie Mee.The kids acted very well and Mary Elizabeth Jones is a very cute kid who lights up the screen every time she is in it.
The editing was done well,I liked how some of the scenes were put together. Cinematography was simple and nice.Direction was good.I dare to say,Cameron Crowe is back and I hope he continues to do movies like this.

Worth watching with your family or loved ones on a weekend.

Best quotes
Benjamin Mee: You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it.

Recommended movies done by the director
Jerry Maguire
Vanilla Sky
Almost Famous

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