We Bought a Zoo
We Bought a Zoo stars Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson. Matt Damon stars as a somewhat clueless father with two kids who have lost their mother. His son, in particular, is having a very hard time with it. His daughter is also having a difficult time, and in searching for the perfect house to relocate to, he finds one that includes a zoo fallen on hard times. His brother, played by Thomas Hayden Church, is wonderful in this and Matt Damon is terrific. I mean, we got use to thinking of him as Bourne, but in here he’s really a lovely dad. There’s a scene where he and his kid yell at each other and it’s really wonderful acting on both of their parts. Scarlett Johansson is miscast. We know why she’s cast, but she was miscast in this one. Regardless, your kids will really love this. The animals are wonderful, but just a warning that there is a tiger that succumbs. But I thought this was really a lovely family movie with some great acting and some great values except for Miss Johansson. So I’ll give it three and a half stars.