Conclusion: We Bought a Zoo is a good (not great) film much in the fashion of Cameron Crowe's previous ones. This family dramedy will strike some as cloying, but I found it sweet, sincere, and with its heart in the right place.
Summary: If you don’t lock your cynicism in a cold, dark place before you watch this movie, you might get dizzy from rolling your eyes too much. Though We Bought a Zoo certainly has its flaws, it also tells its uplifting story told in a warm, earnest way.
Excerpt: As I rack my brain, I really can’t remember the last time I visited a zoo. And, to boot, I live 30 minutes outside of Washington D.C. – home of one of the best zoos in the country. Go figure. Still, when looking at this movie, a few things other than animals come to mind.
Excerpt: The Movie Based upon one of those incredible, inspirational stories that could only be true, We Bought a Zoo is an almost-perfect family film, assuming we like families and, you know, animals.
Conclusion: A gorgeous Blu-ray presentation, a so-so film. In a number of ways, We Bought a Zoo is strikingly similar to The Descendants ; both are feel-good dramatic comedies about grief-stricken, mid-life-crisis-having dads finding new purpose and familial togetherness after the death of their wives.
Excerpt: We Bought a Zoo is located at the intersection of Feel Good Road and Predictable Lane. Matt Damon saps it up as the father who means to do well by his two children after their mother passes, but is hounded by impossibly over-the-top government bureaucrats, teenage angst, and Scarlett Johansson.