Excerpt: According to my records, “Zookeeper” came out in theaters on July 8, 2011, smack dab in the middle of the summer movie-going season and one week before “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II”. As of this writing, it’s September 22, 2011. Wow, eleven weeks from opening weekend to a Blu-Ray in hand. Ok, enough about that.
Excerpt: For 90-minutes, Zookeeper runs on about talking animals and obvious relationships. It even has an interlude at TGI Fridays, this after the talking gorilla asks if their food is amazing (thought: gorillas like TGI Fridays… contemplate). Then, after all of that insufferable Hollywood shlock, it happens.
Conclusion: Zookeeper was a pleasant surprise for me. I thoroughly enjoyed the special features, even more than the movie. You have to be willing to suspend disbelief that super beautiful women want to be with a guy that looks like Kevin James. It was easier for me to accept that animals could talk. I’m guessing that the next time I take my son to the zoo he is going to expect verbal responses from all the animals but we’ll deal with that when the time comes.
Conclusion: Having enjoyed Kevin James' first solo star vehicle and been more able to acquit Happy Madison comedies than most critics, I had hopes that Zookeeper could provide charms comparable to Ben Stiller's two fun Night at the Museum movies. Those hopes were dashed by this lazy, artless affair, which displays minimal creativity both in its human and animal content.
Excerpt: The Film Talking animal movies have been around since there have been movies (give or take). While we can never get enough of the cute, cuddly animated creatures, nothing could be creepier than when real animals actually talk . The animals do just that in Zookeeper , via CGI, of course. They even get famous voices to boot. However, the creatures that seem wise beyond their years, as well as wise-talking, are not really the main focus here.
Conclusion: Zookeeper is fairly representative of modern Family Comedy. It's predictable to a fault, not particularly funny, mostly unoriginal, and built on a premise that might have made it something special but that fades into the background in favor of physical gags that fall flat and verbal humor that's not going to get much play.
Conclusion: 'Zookeeper' is the latest "comedy" from Kevin James. It features the very stale formula of talking animals helping a man better himself. For adults, the "jokes" will likely fall flat, but this movie is clearly targeted at little tykes, and will more than likely offer them plenty of humor as they watch the various critters interact with one another.
Excerpt: Kevin James didn't make it this far by being untalented. The seven-year run of The King of Queens , and more importantly the surprise success of Paul Blart Mall Cop , are both a tribute to James's inherent likability, the sense that he really just wants you and your family to have a good time watching him stutter and fall down.