Reviewed Jul 15, 2012
This movie had bags of charm, it isn't exactly the most exciting movie ever, but somehow it doesn't really matter. Based on a true story (although it originally happened in England), Matt Damon is recently widowed, and because of a number of reasons decides to relocate, and they just so happen to buy a zoo. Well, it's kind of a zoo, it's more like a tiger, a lion, a bear and a few birds.
The zoo is run down, and it's a (pretty slow) race against time to see if they can get it all up together for a reopening before it's closed down completely. The cast is very solid, I was very impressed with Elle Fanning, who I absolutely loved in last years Super 8, her character here was a little nuts as the farm girl who had never really met anyone new, but she deserves to be a huge star, she's as good as her sister was at that age at least. Damon and Johansson are decent leads, and there is good support throughout.
There is barely any tension, so when one scene which involves a door which won't lock, and a lion, comes along, it really is pretty tense. It's predictable and very twee, but it's rarely boring, and has some lovely moments, including a strange, but sweet ending.