It’s finally here! We Bought A Zoo sees a wide release in North America, Brazil, Israel and Singapore today. Please let us know what you thought of the film. We read all your comments and appreciate your feedback.
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Good luck Cameron!! It’s a beautiful film – a must-see!!
Loved it, one of my favorite movies of the year.
You know how Lloyd Dobler said he was “looking for a dare-to-be-great situation” inSay Anything, Cameron Crowe’s first movie? Well, Benjamin Mee (Matt Damon), the protagonist of the filmmaker’s latest, has found that situation. Recently widowed, this journalist decides against all odds to buy a quasi-abandoned zoo in Southern California, along with the 47 species of wild animals that live in it, in order to give his kids a genuine adventure to enjoy, and to help them – and himself – in their grieving process. While based on a real story, you can tell that Crowe poured a lot of his own thoughts and feelings into this adaptation of Mee’s memoir, ultimately making it as personal as all his other films. We Bought a Zoo is a great family film in the best sense of the term, as sentimental as it gets but also full of life, humour and, naturally, lots of great music, including an amazing original score by Sigur Rós frontman Jónsi that embodies all the wonder and whimsy that define the film, right up to the Billy Wilder-perfect ending.
the movie was awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!! i loved little rosie : )
I really appreciate the movie Cameron. Good cast, soundtrack and a lovely story.
The film was great. The emotion that was brought out of each character was amazing. Rosie stole the film which I believe the filmmakers saw was going to be the case. The use of the sun and the sunlight in all the right places was so refreshing. Even in the conversations with Dylan and the art by Lily. Even though I’ve heard Hunger Strike a million times and Holocene the same amount (in less than a year) yet it felt so great to hear those two songs specifically in the film.
I am bias towards Crowe, hell yes. Was I afraid this was going to be a “Disney” movie? Hell yes. But it wasn’t. It was a movie about death, dealing with life, and trying to do the best you can. It was heartwarming and exactly what it needed to be. Just a good film, about a good story, done by a damn good filmmaker and a great cast.
This movie is fantastic. I am making everyone go watch it. Congrats on another memorable film.
Awesome film ! Great family entertainment which is hard to find. Very well done. Great cast. Damon really held his own………
You made it again!
Very heartfelt and beautiful as only Cameron Crowe can do it!
Loved the “Temple of the Dog” montage… I mean, Hey…”Why Not?”
Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year! Best memory of 2011-working on WBAZ with my family! Thank you Cameron for a once and a lifetime experience.
IT WAS ALRIGHT
More details. Good? Bad? Story? music?
Great movie! Fantastic performances from Damon, ScarJo, and Church. Loved the scenery and the heart-warming feeling of the movie, especially the ending, which was so beautifully shot!
I lost my mother at the beginning of this year, and as I prepare for her birthday tomorrow and my first Christmas without her, I can truly say that this film spoke to me personally. Watching this family come together as they cope with a loss of such magnitude was cathartic for me, but inspirational as well. It was an amazing story of those who dare to adventure and told by one of the greatest storytellers of our time.
So sorry for your loss. Thank you very much for sharing.
I am the first to admit I am partial to all things Cameron Crowe so this comment is not totally unbiased…but what in life is? We Bought a Zoo is about everything I love- following your heart, believing in magic, and the wonder of animals. And funny dialogue. Thank you Crowe for making a film everyone in my family could see and cheer for. Anytime something can get my jaded 17 year old to get teary eyed is a win in my book.
I haven’t seen your new movie yet… but saw you on Charlie Rose and I loved what you said about JOY. Enough of violence for the sake of violence… Thank you for bringing some much needed joy to us all. Can’t wait to go see it!
Great movie! I need Cameron Crowe to make a soundtrack for my life!
I love this movie!!!!! Just saw it!! Every family should see this movie because it will definitely make you evaluate and count your blessings. I fell in love with every character especially Matt. But most importantly, I fell in love all over again with my family. Thank you for telling this story! Fabulous!!
For me, We Bought a Zoo is one of those films where everything from the music, set design, characters, cinematography, editing, directing, costume, a film where the Mise-En-Scene comes together in such a way, that the end result is Magic!!!
I have actually seen this film more than once and each time I come away with something new!!! I “tip my hat” to all of the cast and crew for and making this film!
I’m a grat fan of your movies except this last one. let me explain a little, I attended last night in Mexico City to the opening but they were showing nothing but “translated” versions. when you’re trying to create a reflection moment or share a deep thought there’s nothing worst than a “translated” version. I think the distributor in Mexico did a terrible job by not offering “sub-titled” versions. hope you can correct this mistake, otherwise I can predict really bad numbers in Mexico and I guess oyher countries where the same thing happens. The mood in the version I watched last night was really poor and bad, sorry this little detail ruined one of my most long awaited movies from a director and a main actor I admire.
Edgar Islas I’m a grat fan of your movies except this last one. let me explain a little, I attended last night in Mexico City to the opening but they were showing nothing but “translated” versions. when you’re trying to create a reflection moment or share a deep thought there’s nothing worst than a “translated” version. I think the distributor in Mexico did a terrible job by not offering “sub-titled” versions. hope you can correct this mistake, otherwise I can predict really bad numbers in Mexico and I guess oyher countries where the same thing happens. The mood in the version I watched last night was really poor and bad, sorry this little detail ruined one of my most long awaited movies from a director and a main actor I admire.
Just came back from watching it in Redondo Bch. Everyone in the audience clapped! Am a huge fan of your work and i LOVED it! Loved every single scene. Great cast. Matt was at his best and I just love watching Thomas H.Church. Will spread the word about Zoo! CONGRATS!
wow. great stuff Limonpop. Thanks for sharing. Glad you and the crowd liked the film.
The crowd was very mixed too–ethnically and age-wise. One lady who brought her small kids was saying how much she appreciated seeing a movie that they all loved. And older couple was really enjoying the music. And can we talk about the perfectly chosen soundtrack??? WHAT? And how about the cinematography? BEAUTIFUL!!! Ok, I’ll stop before I get carried away. Merry Christmas!
I’m a grat fan of Mr. Crowe’s movies except this last one. let me explain a little, I attended last night in Mexico City to the opening but they were showing nothing but “translated” versions. when you’re trying to create a reflection moment or share a deep thought there’s nothing worst than a “translated” version. I think the distributor in Mexico did a terrible job by not offering “sub-titled” versions. hope you can correct this mistake, otherwise I can predict really bad numbers in Mexico and I guess in other countries where the same thing happens. The mood in the version I watched last night was really poor and bad due to the “translaton” issue, sorry this little detail ruined one of my most long awaited movies in 2011 from a director and a main actor I admire.
that stinks Doctorcat. Is that common in Mexico for the film to be dubbed?
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it surely stinks, because they also alter the background sound in order to record the “new voices”, and the original sound is altered beside the voices. It is common to have dubbed versions for child movies, i.e. all Pixar movies and similar ones, The most common for an All Family movie is to have both options (dubbed and subtitle), but I don’t know why they skipped the process for this movie, I looked in the three big cinema chains in Mexico City and they do not offer a subtitled version in any of them, surely this will happen in the rest of the country, maybe in some other countries, I’m already waiting to buy it in DVD and it’s a shame. I have watched Matt Damon in more than ten movies, do you imagine how is to watch him, remember his voice and accent and suddenly hearing a mediocre dubbing voice similar to the guy that pumps the gas or is in charge of the mini-market in your neighborhood? Hope this can help someone can enjoy the movie and the beautiful cinematography as it was conceived and without alterations, happy holidays from sunny Mexico.
that’s a big bummer and I’m sorry to hear that Doctorcat. Cameron does not have control over dubbing or subtitles. Hang in there as there should be a region A Blu-ray or Region 1 DVD with subtitles in the Spring.
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Cute Movie and It had a postive message.
Waiting for… Here in Italy
I have to admit that I was a little worried when the trailers started airing. Something about the trailers made it seem really hokey. But I’ve never not loved a Cameron Crowe movie, and I usually like Matt Damon.
I went to see it today, with low-to-middling expectations. As it became clear that Spar was, metaphorically, Katherine, I was worried that the point was going to be beaten to death until Benjamin had an epiphanic moment and he poured his heart out to the tiger (as if it was Katherine). Thankfully that didn’t happen.
In the end, I really liked it. Superbly acted and directed. As always, a great soundtrack to back it. Well done!
I thought it was great. Was moved to write about it. http://bookmarksotheurldoesnthavetomakesense.blogspot.com/
Loved this movie!! Was so inspiring! Very emotional too for anyone who has lost a parent or spouse. Amazing cast. Reminds us that sometimes our destiny finds us and dreams we never knew we had can come true. Perfect holiday movie. Can’t wait to see it again + own the DVD. Already feels like a classic film. Thank you Cameron Crowe.
I absolutely loved this movie!!! It was so touching and funny. And beautifully shot to boot!
WONDERFUL!! I plan on seeing it again. Funny, poignant, uplifting and left me feeling totally hopeful! The theater I saw it in was nearly full of mostly families. What a great early Christmas present as I spend the holiday alone as all my family is gone. It is true that it is hard letting go, but when you do you have room for something else that is possibly even better. Thank you for your unique and heartwarming take on life.
This is my first Cameron Crowe movie i have ever seen in theater and i absolutely loved this move. I am a huge Cameron Crowe fan. My favorite movie ever is Almost Famous. This movie is amazing. the cast is perfect. the one thing you can count on in a Cameron Crowe movie is for great music and this movie provided some great songs. I cant say enough great things about this movie. i just hope Cameron Crowe will continue to make movies, hopefully more frequently. We Bought a Zoo is a AMAZING movie.
It’s was delightful! Great work to all cast & crew!
Thank you for another fantastic film! Every detail was wonderful.
Bought a Zoo’ was a good film. But i have to say, the product placement
was a bit over the top. At times it seemed almost as though i was
watching a commercial. Cameron Crow is such a great director, but the
emphasis on brands and ‘in your face’ logos sort of spoiled the sincere
emotional authenticity that Crow so magically creates.
If you feel so strongly about his skills as a director, please learn the spelling of his name…
We loved it. Great acting that brought the audience into the story. Another favorite that I will enjoy for years to come. ps…loved the music selections, please publish an album/cd with all of the songs from the movie.
Saw it tonight with the whole family. 100% positive. Great movie 🙂
I have had to wait for >24 hrs to comment on my reactions due to amazing holiday fun, but sheesh, I am still not sure I can redact my thoughts without gushing…
It was simply amazing. EVERY SINGLE SHOT was so thought out, as to emotion evocation, natural lighting, and other photographic considerations such as flow and composition that I must say CAM will WIN for BEST DIRECTOR~
I have spent the last day imploring EVERYONE to go see the movie as I am SURE they will LOVE IT.
On a more personal note, my husband was raised aboard a 44 foot ketch in the San Diego Bay in the 1970’s with a 9 in television with rabbit ears. Let’s just say he is not a big cinema-phile. I FORCED him to come with me. But from the opening scene to the last he was fully ENGAGED and LOVED IT! (this is a man who thinks any ‘drama’ or ‘chick-flick’ is abhorrent~) What I am trying to say is if he liked it, EVERYONE will LOVE IT!
We bought tickets to see it a second time tonight! It was nice to pay to see it knowing that the money actually goes to the movie itself this time. Funny thing was this is probably the longest I’ve gone seeing a Cameron Crowe film a second time since “Singles.” Seeing it a second time roughly a month later really was like revisiting with a fresh perspective.
I know this site encourages all kinds of constructive thought but often times I avoid criticising out of fear of coming off like Tee Pee in “Jerry Maguire”: militant voice all for the sake of “keeping it real” that muddles any good intentions it may have come from. Since I enjoyed “We Bought a Zoo” a lot but don’t place it on the same pedestal as Cameron’s previous films like “Almost Famous,” “Jerry Maguire” or “Say Anything…” (even if I feel the film shares a strong kinship with such films) going into my second viewing helped me figure out why.
I think the first and third acts of “We Bought a Zoo” are quintessential Crowe. As I wrote when I saw it the first time it was a wonderful note to have Benjamin quit his job out of the sympathy he was extended, going so far as to admit he’s sick and tired of any and all sympathy. It’s such a unique note to begin a film on, that your hero doesn’t want sympathy, and is essentially daring the audience to extend him the courtesy of not giving it to him. I was baffled by some of the reviews that were published after that sneak preview, that some critics felt Benjamin appeared to be a saint, when I thought it was the exact opposite. He’s good hearted and completely caring but completely lost in how to bring together his family, and to an extent is the driving force in keeping it apart. I read a recent interview where Cameron said it was much easier for a cynical film to get made, and reading some of the reviews of “Zoo” I can see why. It’s probably easier to create a whole world of dread and cynicism to evoke the conflict at the heart of the characters in the film. Maybe because of that it can be harder for a viewer to really see the shades of grey in a character of a film that has more optimistic tone, such as “Zoo.” It’s there, but if one simply responded to the tone you disregard so much of the shades of grey that’s right in front of your face, such as when Benjamin Mee quits his job at the beginning.
The tone of “We Bought a Zoo” is set by Rosie, even if the story isn’t from her point of view. The point of view is Benjamin, but because he’s striving to preserve Rosie’s childhood and make her happy his life (and the film) is at the service of her. There’s a reason why we see many reaction shots of her. Yes, she’s a natural in front of the camera. But the story that’s being told is because of her, and her reactions set the tone for how her father goes about living much of his life in the film.
Benjamin is a parent to two kids, and takes to heart each one’s perspective, matching their mindsets in his interactions with them. He’s hopeful and happy with Rosie but his disappointment and inarticulate anger matches that of Dylan. For and hour and a half Benjamin is at odds with Dylan, and it’s a testament to Damon’s performance that we can grant Benjamin such slack for that long.
The second act of “We Bought a Zoo” isn’t as strong as the first and third acts simply because it gets to a point where it’s too plot heavy in the business of the zoo–so busy that when word gets out to the staffers that the zoo is completely broke it’s at the same time Benjamin finds the money from his wife and decides to invest it back into the zoo. The first time I saw the film I sat there a little weary around that point, fearing that the film might be too invested in the business and may not be purposely stringing along the conflict between Dylan and Benjamin, or feared that it would be pat when it did get resolved. Luckily my fears were unfounded when the third act rolled around and Benjamin and Dylan’s problems came to a head. The way Benjamin tells his son that he’s sorry that his mother died, that it’s just what happened, is heartbreaking. He’s essentially telling his son that his childhood is over, and that their efforts should be placed into preserving the childhood of the one still living it. The resolution to their fight is nowhere near pat, and throughout the third act we see them inch just a little closer in acceptance of one another, even if they don’t quite understand each other.
The scene’s so powerful that you’re looking to embrace the rays of sunshine the third act has to offer–the attendees beyond the fallen tree; the red kites Kelly had flown for Katherine; the beautiful epilogue. “We Bought a Zoo” feels like a first and third act totally connecting to the writing, directing and heart of Cameron Crowe, while Cameron feels largely in service of the second act. That’s not a bad thing. It’s actually perfectly understandable since it’s Benjamin Mee’s story. I just loved the acts when it felt like it was both their stories.
Remember Joseph. The story of Benjamin is real. The story was not altered by Cameron for ‘effect’. Benjamin did quit, that is why it is in…
Absolutely. I haven’t read the book so I can’t say if sympathy was a motivating factor in real life (or if such was detailed in the book), so I was simply responding to it in the context of the film. It’s been noted that Benjamin’s wife was alive in real life when they bought the zoo, and that buying the zoo was an effort a couple years in the making (involving even Benjamin’s mother and brother) so I would assume there might be a different context with Benjamin quiting his job in real life, even if sympathy was indeed a factor.
That’s the wild thing about movies based on real life–fitting a life, or a significant period in one’s life, in a two hour time frame. You can put the significant events in the same order as they occurred but depending upon how it’s presented, and how they all add up, it might not hold true to who that person was or what really happened within the framework of a movie. One could change certain things to hone in on what the story is really about. With “We Bought a Zoo” Cameron changed the setting, and adjusted when/how certain things happened in real life for the sake of getting to the heart of the story he was trying to tell. I saw Benjamin Mee talk about how touched he was by the script, so I assume even with all those changes (or maybe because of those changes) he must have felt it got to the heart of his experience.
I saw the movie lastnight…I loved it! I have always been a big fan of your movies! It was thought provoking and had a great message about taking risks in life and never giving up hope. I loved this quote “You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it.” Loved the little Temple of the Dog you threw in….put a huge smile on my face! Thanks for a great piece of work once again!
My wife & I really enjoyed it.
Dear Mr. Crowe,
I watched your film late last Christmas night with my husband, cousins, brothers and my sister. It was the perfect capstone to my weekend for two significant reasons. One is, I am newly married (yesterday was our six month anniversary), and the movie kindled some of the fire we’ve felt for one another as
Benjamin, the main character, so poignantly loves his wife who has passed away.
The second reason was even more significant. I lost my mother to leukemia when I was five, and my own father was a young 35 yearl old widower with a boy and girl to raise and lots to start over in 1986. I have struggled to grieve well ever since, as I was so young I buried things for years, and just recently in the past decade, and mostly in the past few years, I am finally able to truly grasp what I have lost so I can move on. This Christmas was already a positive milestone in my grieving, and your (and the actors’) portrayals of grief in parent and child, and the extraordinary love and courage that is needed for healing and growth, had me in tears and in awe that I was seeing this movie at just the right moment. Thank you for being part of my journey, and being honest about both the ugliness and the beauty of grief.
Much love, your new fan,
I just saw the film with my mom and we both enjoined the film immensely! I honestly loved everything about the film from the writing to the acting to the cinematography to the direction!!! I wish that I could have sat in the theatre for an entire day just watching We Bought A Zoo. The music selections for the film were really good. I can’t wait to purchase the soundtrack and start building a complete We Bought A Zoo soundtrack!!!
Very very enjoyable and beautifully shot. Great story and cast. Happy Holidays Cameron
Just saw the movie, it was brilliant! Once again you ask the viewer to become introspective and seek out new adventure in his life. Great job!
Great movie Cameron, nice to see you foray into the family movie genre, it was nice. Saw it w/ my wife, brother and his wife yesterday and it was great. We all enjoyed it. Cool story, lots of fun, great performances. Yet another really good Cameron Crowe movie – as always, chalked full of great tunes(buckets of rain was very well placed!). Thanks!
Awesome movie! Powerful acting scenes when Benjamin argues w/ his son and also when the director and Benjamin argue. Can you make a sequel for this movie?
Affirming and uplifting. The audience I was with obviously enjoyed it very much, as there was lots of laughter during and a positive spirit after. Loved Matt Damon especially, but the whole cast was great. Thanks for putting some good cheer into the world – I needed that right now!
Wasn’t that an idea by Albert Brooks?
Ha, Darren, good one. Do your research.
fantatic movie. I’m a 17 year old kid ..and if I can relate to this I think anyone of any age can. I’m right in the middle of it all. When you think about it we all are. We all deal with the same life situtations just in different standards and guidelines. However, the results are often the same. This movie gives a very strong, sentimental, emotional to each of the various vantage points in which a person at any point in their life may have to deal with such a tragedy as death, or something of the same severity and heartache. Either way, “We Bought A Zoo” teaches people of all ages to simply, have faith in the future and of course hold on to the past, but be able to move on and cherish what life still holds. Go see it more than once, buy it on dvd when it comes out! Its a heartwarming, feel good movie thats more than someone who just reads the summary will see.
I loved this movie – took the whole family on Christmas Day.
We Bought a Zoo pulled me in and left me on such a high. Cameron Crowe has a beautiful way of invoking emotion on camera through music and of course, what he pulls from his actors. Just loved it and was thrilled to find a space where perhaps he may read this. Full disclosure: big fan and always have been. Almost Famous is my #1 favorite film.
First off, I loved it. I was looking forward to it for months, and it didn’t disappoint. There were some scenes I knew were coming from the reviews I’d read, but that still managed to surprise and impress me. The hallway scene between Benjamin and Dylan was lightning in a bottle, and the scene with Dylan and Lily at her window really affected me. And then the film’s final scene: I was totally not expecting that. It caught me up and delivered an emotional impact that really worked. Well done.
I’d commented previously about my curiosity about how the Benjamin/Kelly relationship was going to be handled, in particular observing that I didn’t see how it was possible that both the domestic and overseas trailers could be honestly representing the film. Was there going to be a romance? Was there not? Well… watching the scene between Benjamin and Kelly in the office during the zoo’s opening day gave me a huge smile. I had to admit that yeah, actually, Crowe pulled it off, resolving that question in a way that felt true, and worthy of the rest of the film, without making either of the trailers dishonest. So again, good job.
The film wasn’t perfect. There were some nagging questions I couldn’t quite answer, at least on a first viewing. Like, _where_ does Lily live, and with whom? She works in the snack bar, or restaurant, or whatever it is, but doing what, exactly? And that boho tavern where all the zoo employees hang out and unwind after putting the animals to bed — the estate has been footing the bill for that for the last few years? Really? Both those plot elements felt logically suspect to me. And a few characters felt more like plot devices than real people: the accountant who “turns everyone against” Benjamin, and the zoo inspector, especially. I think a little broad humor and some cardboard villains to help drive the story were probably justified, but it felt a little unsubtle, especially compared to the stronger elements in the movie. I guess I wish that Crowe could have done a few more passes on the script to tighten things up so that everything made a little more sense, and the movie didn’t seem quite so uneven.
But really, for me, those were quibbles, because the parts of the movie that worked worked so well. It saddens me to see that the movie had a poor opening weekend; I hope the ongoing advertising I’ve been seeing and word of mouth can help drive some more box office for it, because I think Crowe deserves to be rewarded for what he accomplished, and I want more movies like this to be made. But in the meantime, I’m really happy I have this one to watch. Thanks to those who had the courage to make it happen.
I think the weekend take was decent compared to the glut that’s out there. If you look at yesterday’s box office the film is in the $4 million range along with “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and “Tin Tin.” Granted, the former isn’t chasing the same audience but considering their higher profiles, and that it’s battling another recently family film from Fox, it’s doing well. With the A rating from Cinemascore word of mouth should be nice.
The film being a family film from Fox, pitched to Cameron to make, I think the second act needed those elements for the studio since it’s sort of expected of the genre. Many applauded the “adios” line in my audience. These kinds of things work for a crowd if one is invested in the characters. Cameron and the actors set-up characters you care about, and audiences love to see them triumph. Arguably with “We Bought a Zoo” Cameron made a straight studio genre film, also arguably his first, but brings with it a lot of heart and knowing in setting it up and paying it off. The sprawling story is just two hours (it is a family film after all) so the second act, where much of the genre
staples take place, is stuffed with the genre staples and developing the key relationships
Cameron introduced earlier. Like I previously wrote, I adored the set-up and got a little wearisome in the second act when I feared it might not return to the kind of grasp of the first act. But it does, avoiding contrivances within the relationships at the heart of the film to arrive at a honest, heartfelt resolution. I think I’ve settled on the film being a family genre film given a lot of heart and conviction by the talents of many, especially Cameron. He invests in the story a lot of the kinds of observations and vision that he’s best known for that overall, considering the limitations of the genre, it might feel like a step back for him but one could argue he’s essentially just elevating a type of film to reach the kind of feeling and joy that such a film isn’t accustomed to of late. He wanted to put joy into the world and the movie carries it out there. Mission accomplished!
Beautiful movie! very inspiring and touching… i cried like a baby.
if i had to describe the movie with only one word. it will be “perfect”
I am absolutely a Cameron Crowe fan (in particular, it’s safe to say I’m obsessed with Vanilla Sky — I watch that film about once every couple of months, half of the time hammered, and almost always shed some tears). ANYWAY, what is amazing about We Bought a Zoo is Cameron’s ability to push the envelope even further with respect to his use of music in film. Sadly, though, I think if it weren’t for Cameron’s ability to flawlessly weave gorgeous music into his similarly beautiful montages (i.e. the appearance of Damon’s late wife toward the end), I believe the film wouldn’t stand tall on its own. It felt to me like there were too many forced moments, carried by this talent and the inherent sweetness of the story rather than sound storytelling. I wish I could be more articulate in describing how, exactly. In any case, I enjoyed the movie, and was greatly moved by some of the later scenes. It’s also worth noting that Damon was superb. And perhaps obviously, I’m also a huge fan of Jónsi (and Bon Iver). Very much looking forward to the next film, Cameron & company. Thank you for positively affecting so many with your films.
Holy emotional. Im a relatively new parent to 2 boys and the fight scene up the stairs…i could barely keep it together. More than once during zoo it feltlikecuisinart blades were spinning in my gut. You create such human, moving work. Loved it, but 1 criticism: not enough fugit!!
5 STARS – BEST film of the 2nd half of the year!
Exploiting animals for shitty Hollywood films…brilliant.
I got to see PJ20 and Zoo this week! great time for Crowe fans. The documentary was fantastic, a truly touching journey through the lives of an underappreciated band. I was pretty worried about Zoo though. the casting seemed awful and the trailer was not particularly enticing. It looked like Cameron was going even furthur astray than E-Town and I was bracing for dissapointment. BUT… it turned out to be awesome!! So emotional and filled with humanity. Damon and Scarlet played against type and really won me over, avoiding the awkwardness of Bloom/ Dunst. It was the first time we’ve gotten to see how Crowe has changed as an artist due to his family. I cant wait to see it again.
Hello. I just saw the film today. Mr. Crowe thank you for this gift. Very moving and certainly well worth the price of admission. I must go now and look for those 2o seconds and take the apple from my throat. Wow!
I liked the movie overall, but it is a shame that the movie uses language that isn’t suited for a family with young children.
We went to see We Bought a Zoo as our family Christmas movie and we all loved it. A great film to see with the whole family
Cameron, you are one of the top writer/directors of our generaton. Haven’t seen”Zoo” yet but will share my thoughts. Here’s a longshot-I live in Seattle and would like to submit a couple of my screenplays to you. Could we make that happen? I value your opinion.
Cameron, you did it again! I’ve not only seen every one of your films, I’ve dissected them piece by piece until there is only raw flesh left. “We Bought a Zoo” blew me away. Wait, that’s too cliche to say. It obliterated me, then absorbed all my pieces with the swipe of a single sponge. Much like all your movies, “We Bought a Zoo” captures Love, Music, life, inspiration, hope, thought, laughter, fulfillment, joy and marvel. Go see this film. Then, use a red Sharpie to check off that you have done so on your “to do” list for 2012.
Just saw the movie and loved it! I had tears rolling down my face multiple times. My only criticism is that the family dog was never petted, talked to, or even treated as an important surviving member of a family that was grieving.
I am super sad that the language was so bad in this movie. I don’t know how it got a PG rating. SH word twice A-Hole and D*ck. I super loved this movie! It is now a favorite….I would love to buy it but will not be able to, due to the language. It’s advertised as a family movie…but my kids will not be allowed to watch it again. I was super embarrassed to have my kids hear those words. Hopefully, a cleaner version could come out on dvd. It was such a wonderful movie, despite the language.
so this is supposed to be based on the true story…. unlikely seen as it’s nothing that I went through – a usual re-modified story for Hollywood – I do wish they had asked for my input – I am the person Scarlet Johannson’s character was based on, yet no one asked me for permission to use my name or anything – very disappointed in Cameron Crowe for doing that – I always thought he would want the ACTUAL details not just the ‘fluff’… Oh well I’m guessing the money was just too good.
that’s a bit of a kick in the teeth – someone profiting from playing your life-role (or at least a portion of your life)
Not trying to be mean, but it wasn’t about you unless your name was Benjamin Mee. Did Mr. Mee ask you for your input before he wrote the book?
I’m not talking about the book I’m talking about a film – this production used my name and my actions and words WITHOUT my permission. they took information from the book and twisted it to an effect of creating a hollywood story – I’ve been getting e-mails about my relationship with Ben – I am not with or have ever been with Ben – I’m actually engaged to be married and this is slanderous towards me saying that I’ve had or am having a relationship with him. I’ve had friends go to watch this movie and call me up asking me for the ‘details’of mine and Ben’s relationship! You wouldn’t like it either.
No worries anyways – the lawyers are looking over the book/film on my behalf.
“We read all your comments and appreciate your feedback.”
Any feedback yet? Would like to know the excuses they come up with regarding this…
Hi, i’m from Brazil e watched the movie after christimas. The movie theather is full of family, with a lot of childrens e the air was filled by happiness. And i am sure that all this people got to home with a lot of hope in they hearts. Like me. It was my first movie of Cameron that i watch in a movie theather. And i watch almost the entire movie with a smile in my face. Thanks for all the most beautiful film i have see. I just love all movie that you make. But my favorite is Singles and Pearl Jam Twenty! Because i really love Pearl Jam. And i just love the soundtrack of Elizabethtown. Because makes me happy!!! Come one day and make a film in Brazil. Thanks very much. (sorry my bad english)
Your English is great Giselle. Thanks for sharing!
I was enjoying the movie until Matt Damon made the comment that his daughter still believed in the Easter Bunny. My 6 year old grandson was with me and, of course, he wanted to know what that meant and I had a hard time explaining to him. Since this is a family film, why was this line in the script?
Cameron Crowe busted out another great movie! First off, yay for naming one of the characters McCready!! 😀 This movie was extremely heart warming and cute and made me feel all warm inside. The soundtrack which Jonsi provided was extremely perfect. I loved every moment of the film.This film was one of my most anticipated movies of 2011, I was a little hesitant at first, I thought the movie would be geared towards children some more but it wasn’t, it definitely wasn’t. It is full of life.I will recommend We Bought a Zoo to anyone and everyone. 🙂
My wife & I both loved this movie. But we didn’t think it was a “family film.” Its a story about how a family deals with a loss of a loved one, why bring your kids to see that?
I saw the movie yesterday and it was excellent!!!! The best was during the movie the whole theater laughed at the same time. The movie made me feel so great, I laughed, cried, smiled, was sad, felt the loss of someone special, so real so good. I love this movie a real feel good .. Wonderful job to all who were involved. Thanks for sharing the real life story. Loved it.
I loved this film. I loved the characters. I loved the fearless little girl that wasn’t afraid to move to a zoo. This movie has existential qualities to it too. I’m just an amateur film critic. Here is my movie review of ‘We Bought a Zoo.’ Hope Cameron Crowe fans like it.
“I like the animals, but I love the humans.” Love that quote from the film.
Turns out David Denby of The New Yorker ended up liking the picture! You know what they say about assumptions…
Finally had a chance to see this film and we loved it. A great film with so emotional aspects to it.
Great sound track!!
It’s out in Italy these days … loved it … 🙂
Great to hear Alec! Viva Italy!