We Bought A Zoo (2011) is a comedy drama starring Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, Patrick Fugit, Elle Fanning and Thomas Haden Church.
Loosely based on a real life story this movie has some really sweet moments delivered by its terrific cast. Matt Damon plays an older character than we are used to but does a great job. Scarlett Johansson also shines in a less than glamourous role.
Director Cameron Crowe (Jerry Maguire) has a talent for using music in his movies and this one is no exception. Crowe chooses the perfect music for each scene and this creates some truely touching moments.
The only complaint about this movie is that at times Crowe lays on the emotion a little too thick. Some of the sweeter moments can at times fall into soppy soap opera sentimentality.
Its a return to form for Crowe who disappointed with his last movie Elizabethtown but its still a long way short of being as good as Crowe classics Jerry Maguire or Almost Famous.