We Bought A Zoo is a highly enjoyable film and I’d happily recommend it.
Yes, it’s a bit of a “feelgood” movie, but it’s not too mawkish – or maybe I’ve got a higher resistance to soppy film storylines these days.
Matt Damon stars as a widower left with two kids. Things aren’t going too well on the family front and he decides to move his family to a new house and a new town. However his choice of property turns out to come with a couple of strings attached – it’s a rundown zoo.
For the rest of the film Damon struggles with getting the zoo back up and running again, while resisting the temptation to fall for one of his staff (Scarlett Johansson), dealing with his kids and coming to grips with his wife’s death.
The film is based on the book by Benjamin Mee where he recounts his real experiences of buying and opening Dartmoor Zoological Park in England.
It’s still showing in Irish cinemas, though it’s already available to rent via iTunes in the US.