Matt Damon gets the help of some four-legged costars in this week's feel-good family flick, We Bought a Zoo. But is it a return to form for director Cameron Crowe? Watch our video review to see if this one is worth heading to the theater for.
Hi. I'm Becky Kirsch, and today in Watch, Pass, or Rent we're looking at "We Bought a Zoo". Matt Damon plays a recent widower who uproots his two children on a whim and moves them into a zoo that's in desperate need of renovation. What's so complicated about this place? Well, you see, it's a, it's a zoo. A zoo? Yeah! This is a really sweet family movie that is held together by Matt Damon, who turns in a great performance as a dad who is just trying to get his life back together. The sellers say you don't even need any special knowledge to run a zoo. What you need is a lot of heart. I love the casting of the two actors that play Matt's kids. You've got the adorable, sassy little girl that brings so much life to the movie. And then he also has a teenage son who's darker. He's having a harder time dealing with his mother's death. And his scenes with Damon are so good. There's so much emotional turmoil and it definitely pulls on your heartstrings. What am I supposed to, what am I, I'm going to home school you? No. Right. So what did we talk about? A new place. A new start. This is what you want. The premise may seem far-fetched, but it is based on a true story. And once you see it on the big screen, it's easy to buy into the magic. You are going to love your new enclosure. One thing I didn't love about this movie is the casting as Scarlett Johansson as the head zookeeper. She's just way too pretty to be the girl next door type and I wasn't buying her chemistry as my theme in at all. I think you're incredibly pretty. Please don't take offense if I don't hit on you. Be offended if you did. Thank you. I think. "We Bought a Zoo" does have some sappy moments, but overall, it's got a lot of heart and a really great performance from Matt Damon. It's also just fun to see all of the animals, and if you're looking for a movie to see with your family over the holidays, I recommend this. For everyone else, I give it a