Sunday, February 19, 2012

Movie review: We Bought a Zoo.

We Bought a Zoo

Saw the movie with Rachel and with friends last night at the dollar theater.

The true story is at

It is a movie about traveling the stages of grief.  It is actually based on a 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 and the story is family friendly.

The book summary reads: 

"When Benjamin Mee decided to uproot his family and move them to an unlikely new home—a dilapidated zoo where more than 200 exotic animals would be their new neighbors—his friends and colleagues thought he was crazy. Mee’s dream was to refurbish the zoo and run it as a family business. The grand reopening was scheduled for spring, but there was much work to be done and none of it easy for the novice zookeepers. Tigers broke loose, money was tight, the staff grew skeptical, and family tensions reached a boiling point.
Then tragedy struck. Katherine, Ben’s wife, had a recurrence of a brain tumor, forcing Benjamin and his two young children to face the heartbreak of illness and the devastating loss of a wife and mother. But inspired by the memory of Katherine and the healing power of the incredible family of animals they had grown to love; Benjamin and his kids resolved to move forward, and today the zoo is a thriving success."

The movie has the wife die before they move to the zoo, ignoring that they really moved because the grandfather died and the grandmother decided to move.  A bear escapes instead of a tiger. There are some romantic interests added.  The oldest son is older than six, the daughter older than four. But the story is clear and direct, and well executed in the move.

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