Film Watch – 254. We Bought a Zoo

Fast Facts

Title: We Bought a Zoo
Director: Cameron Crowe
Year: 2011
Run time: 2hrs 4

Background Info

Saw the trailer for this one a long while back and was keen to watch it. I figured it would be sentimental but hey, it’s Matt Damon so it’s always worth giving it a go. However, the wait was so long that by the time it was available to rent via iTunes, I had talked myself out of watching it. We event left it to near the end of the 30 day allotted period. I don’t know why but I had decided it was going to be rubbish. Nevertheless, the prospect of it going unwatched was too much.

Live Blog

0:40 – Who voluntarily stands amongst Killer Bees? I hope they weren’t really killer bees. Poor Matt Damon.
2:36 – “I’ve had it with whatever. I don’t want to hear it again this century.”
6:04 – He took six months away from people and missed them! Madness.
7:05 – iPocalypse!
9:19 – Headteachers are scary.
17:18 – I thought he said there weren’t any rolling hills nearby?
18:56 – Who looks after the zoo whilst it’s being sold then?
21:38 – “I said… human interaction.”
23:34 – I don’t want to jump the gun, but that boy is pasty and greasy and bound to be all fresh-faced and lovely by the end.
23:55 – “Give me some fork.”
26:09 – Ohhh, Scarlett Johansson has been looking after the animals. Silly me.
28:14 – That was a monkey facepalm.
33:17 – Didn’t they want to move to get away from noisy neighbours? A lion is quite noisy, let alone a peacock!
41:29 – Butter is that important. 18 miles of important.
44:20 – She is seven going on twenty-seven.
49:17 – I probably should have expected the snake thing in a film about a zoo.
57:22 – BEAR!
1:05:28 – I love the brother the best. “Listen to your heart, not your brother.”
1:14:45 – I wonder how many takes it was to film with a real tiger.
1:21:10 – I don’t buy that he would have left his kids like that. She’s only seven.
1:23:38 – The trouble with associating someone with a store like Target us that they are all the same.
1:26:56 – “What about the Easter Bunny?”
1:33:44 – Mr C says: “You’d cry too, if you were normal.”
1:37:43 – Drinking all night long, that’s the way to deal with people you really don’t like.
1:43:51 – It’s an ensemble piece, for sure, but the child is stealing the show.
1:44:52 – “I like the animals, but I love the humans.”
1:53:19 – The ending, the music, bit soppy for my taste. Like the kid being forced into labour at the peacock enclosure.
1:55:08 – Scratch that, its not so much the ending as the Jónsi.


It was brilliant! I was so wrong! Of course, it was sentimental and it was predictable as anything but the characters were fun and it was a story you really got engaged with. The girl was far too precocious for her age, so it was almost unbelievable, but it was also incredibly cute and made quite a difference. I was surprised at how small a part the animals played really – a rogue bear and a sick tiger and that was about it. My only complaint of the whole film, though, was the music. Not really a fan of Jónsi, and as he composed the whole thing, it wasn’t really my kinda music. Not enough to dock it a point though.

Rating: 5/5


  1. Mr C

    woman, what is wrong with you. next sad film i’m poking you in the eyes until you cry proper.

    easily a top 5 film seen this year, can we buy it please?


  2. JimmyMackey

    I think the little girl was the best part of the movie too! She was so smart, and she delivered her lines in a way that it was believable. I hated the music too, and the first half was very slow, so much, that I was almost regretting that I was watching it. My dish coworker rented the movie on his Blockbuster @Home account and I thought it would be a chick flick, but surprisingly, it was perfect for helping me think about the relationship with my son and me. He was saying how setting up a queue is better than figuring out if the Redbox has something he wants, when his queue can always be full of movies he knows he would like.


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