Director: Cameron Crowe
Writers: Aline Brosh McKenna, Cameron Crowe, Benjamin Mee (book)
Starring: Matt Damon, Colin Ford, Maggie Elizabeth Jones, Scarlett Johansson, Thomas Haden Church, Angus Macfadyen, Elle Fanning, Patrick Fugit, John Michael Higgins, Carla Gallo, J.B. Smoove
I often second-guess myself after I heap praise upon a movie that others don’t. Some liked “We Bought a Zoo” when it was released in theaters, others not so much. I didn’t see any critics seeming to enjoy it as much as I did, however. Upon seeing it again, my initial feelings about the movie were confirmed. I really like this movie. It strikes my heart.
When I saw the movie in theaters, I was by myself. The movie was being pushed as a family holiday film. I thought, at that time, that it was made for adults and not for kids. Kids could watch it and maybe enjoy it, but it was really for mommy and daddy. I’m not so sure about that now.
Director Cameron Crowe certainly doesn’t play the material down to the kids, and that is one of the movie’s greatest strengths. My boys watched it with me this time, and I think they enjoyed it much more than I expected them to, and much more than they expected. This warmed my heart as well. I’m glad my children don’t have to be treated like children in order to enjoy a movie. So show it to your children. It’ll enlighten them and entertain you much more than the latest “Alvin and the Chipmunks” offering.