We Bought A Zoo

by puahz

Heart-warming, inspirational stuff. Romantics will go swoon but cynics will scoff. Cast saved the screenplay.

What I liked best 

Matt Damon as Benjamin Mee. I like his kick-ass can-do spirit and sentimentality. In the show, freelance writer Benjamin Mee quits his job and moves out of town to escape the painful memory of his deceased wife Katherine. He struggles to connect with his teenage son Dylan. One day Ben makes the daring all-in move of buying Rosemoor Animal Park. He did it so that his daughter would be happy. He also did it to busy himself and his family with a project and hopefully take away the pain. Managing the zoo and its inhabitants prove both physically and mentally exhausting for Ben and his team of zookeepers, who initially lost faith and saw him as another come-and-go investor who was going to have a rude shock over what he signed up for.  But Ben pulls himself, his family and his team together to win over Walter Feris (John Michael Higgins) who plays the strict and intimidating zoo inspector and eventually the wider community who turn up in large numbers on opening day.

What could have been better

I cant really think of much. If you read about the true story that inspired the movie, the hollywood spin deviates slightly. In the true story, Katherine dies just months short of the zoo’s opening. In the true story, a 150 lbs jaguar escape, not a North-American Grizzly. Neither is there any mention of the snakes. And course there is no hot and lonely zookeeper for the keepers, such is the stuff of Hollywood. But Benjamin mee in the true story did always love animals and was quite the adventurer, as accurately portrayed by Matt Damon.


Maybe it’s just me but this movie has quite awesome quotes.

First and foremost, the ultimate pick-up line for the guys:

Benjamin Mee: Why would an amazing woman like you even talk to someone like me? 

Katherine Mee: Why not? 

Second (and this is my favourite), the quote that makes u want to say things to people you don’t dare say.

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.