movie: We Bought a Zoo
starring: Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson
format: TV Edit
plot: After his wife dies, a grieving single dad relocates his family only to end up being the new caretakers of a zoo
Based on the book
I know this was suppose to be a big feel good happy family film, but for me it got weighed down with the idea of the dad just trying to escape. I don't know if it was because it was a tv edit, but it just seemed to focus too much on that. There were a few oddly placed commercials that caused a few gaps in the storyline. Such as one second the dad was complaining about having to buy butter and the next second (after commercial break) they were cleaning up snakes. How did the snakes get there during the commercial break? This is the downfall of watching stuff on tv sometimes, edited for time.
The fact they had the dad deal with his grief by not dealing with the impending death of one of the tigers, was an interesting circle. It was almost as if the dad was allowing himself to feel the pain as long as there was someone who he could reflect it back to.
what did I learn? Animal in movies and cartoons will always make me cry.