We Bought A Zoo, the true story by Benjamin Mee probably doesn’t have a cover that you YA readers would go rushing to grab off the shelf. But when you take that book, and make it into a movie staring Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson, suddenly that cover doesn’t really matter much anymore.
Now, if you’re anything like me, you like to read the novel before seeing the movie and as luck would have it, you still have plenty of time to grab this one from your local library or book store and finish it before the movie comes out on April 3rd.
FROM DIRECTOR CAMERON CROWE COMES THE UPLIFTING TALE BASED ON A TRUE STORY
Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Cameron Crowe (Almost Famous, Jerry Maguire) and starring Matt Damon (Contagion, True Grit), Scarlett Johansson (Iron Man 2, Vicky Cristina Barcelona) and Thomas Haden Church (Easy A, Sideways), WE BOUGHT A ZOO is “a sweet-natured tale…that you’ll want to see with your kids” (Liz Braun, Jam! Movies).
Benjamin Mee (Damon) is a Los Angeles newspaper columnist and adventure writer who, as a single father, faces the challenges of raising his two young children. Hoping that a fresh start and a new life will restore their family spirit, Mee quits his job and buys an old rural house outside the city with a unique bonus feature: a zoo named the Rosemoor Animal Park, where dozens of animals reside under the care of head zookeeper Kelly Foster (Johansson) and her dedicated team. With no experience, limited time and a shoestring budget, Mee sets out with the support of his family and the local community to reopen the zoo. Now, Benjamin is no longer reporting an adventure story; he’s living it in his own backyard.
Now, I’m a total IMdB fanatic…meaning, ever single time I’m watching a movie I have my iPhone out and am constantly on the app while going, “I KNOW THAT PERSON” – (“know”, of course means: “seen them in something else I can’t place at them moment”….but “Know” makes me sound so much cooler!) So I had to look this one up too, even though I have not yet had the opportunity to watch the movie.
Here’s some fun little tidbits for everyone!!
The first one is, ELLE FANNING is in the movie. The not so little, little sister of Dakota Fanning. You saw her in SUPER 8 right….OMG go rent it!
And here’s one for my SUPERNATURAL fans….little Sam Winchester is in this – COLIN FORD! Yup that adorable mini Sam is in We Bought a Zoo!!!
WE BOUGHT A ZOO comes out on Blu-Ray, DVD and Digital Download April 3rd
from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment LLC
And be sure to check back in a few weeks when we will have a review of WE BOUGHT A ZOO up!