We Bought a Zoo is a movie based on a true story of a man named Benjamin Mee (played by Matt Damon) trying to deal with the death of his wife. He’s trying to do the best he can but it seems he keeps missing the mark and some rather key points.
One key point he repeatedly overlooks is his son Dylan, played by Colin Ford. How will they fare since their glue – deceased wife and mom – is no longer there? By the by, Maggie Elizabeth Jones who plays Rosie Mee, does a beautiful job of playing a blissfully ignorant 7-year-old. So what seems to be the solution to this family dilemma? Move. And not only do they move, but their new home is smack dab in the middle of a dilapidated zoo. Now, it’s on. The drama ensues.
In the end, it turned out to be a great family movie. I cried, laughed and even cringed at the very poignant parts – the scene where Matt Damon’s character and his actor son argue is so real that it was like peering into the window of my neighbor’s.
Last note: for me M.D. has always been a great actor but not particularly sexy or good-looking. His acting, A+. His looks, meh. But in this movie, how ‘bout all of sudden M.D. looks yummy enough to bite? Just saying.
Let me know what you guys thought.