April 8, 2012

We Bought a Zoo

This past week, the new movie based on a true story and book, We Bought a Zoo was released to DVD and Blu-Ray. If you haven't seen this movie yet, you should. My husband and I settled in to watch a movie that while it looked cute, we completely expected it to be over the top and cheesy in a way that many family friendly movies are. We were pleasantly surprised and spent the two hours laughing and ended the movie feeling the need for an adventure of our own.

Benjamin Mee (Damon) is a Los Angeles newspaper columnist and adventure writer who, as a single father, faces the challenges of raising his two young children.  Hoping that a fresh start and a new life will restore their family spirit, Mee quits his job and buys an old rural house outside the city with a unique bonus feature: a zoo named the Rosemoor Animal Park, where dozens of animals reside under the care of head zookeeper Kelly Foster (Johansson) and her dedicated team.  With no experience, limited time and a shoestring budget, Mee sets out with the support of his family and the local community to reopen the zoo.  Now, Benjamin is no longer reporting an adventure story; he’s living it in his own backyard.

Featuring an incredible musical score composed by Jónsi of the band Sigur Rós, the WE BOUGHT A ZOO Blu-ray is loaded with over 2½ hours of special features including 20 deleted and extended scenes, a gag reel, four behind-the-scenes featurettes, commentary with Director Cameron Crowe, star J.B. Smoove (The Sitter, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”) and Editor Mark Livolsi, and more. The film also features an English Family Friendly Audio Track that earned the Dove Seal of Approval.

And I give it my seal of approval as well. This is a great heartfelt film and one that I recommend to movie watchers of all ages.
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1 comment:

  1. I haven't seen the movie yet but I recommend the book, from the previews I can tell it's much different and was overall very fascinating. Can't wait to check out the movie though, I'm a sucker for Matt Damon as a dad, ha.


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