By Pooja Bahukhandi (India)


This captivating and enchanting movie, based on the true story of a book of the same name by Benjamin Mee, is a highly poignant, remarkably stirring and an appallingly melancholy movie about a city-dwelling journalist, who devastated and highly distressed after his wife’s untimely death, buys a dilapidated zoo in the countryside impulsively and moves in with his two kids, devoid of any expertise and erudition about animals or running a zoo.

This movie entrails Benjamin Mee (played by Matt Damon) who lives with his fourteen year old son, Duncan (played by Colin Fords) and eight year old daughter Rosie (played by Maggie Jones) dealing with the hardships of bringing up a mentally disturbed teenage son and a vivaciously inquisitive little daughter along with recuperating the cadaver of a zoo with the help of the staff and the zoo-keeper, Kelly Foster (played by Scarlet Johansson)

This tremendously heart-rending and exceptionally touching movie is as heart-warming as it is tear-jerking. A movie unlike any you would have ever seen, it brings your heart out to the characters and exult when everything turns out alright.

This movie is the quintessential Cameron Crowe, with excellent music which accentuates every moment of the movie and some magnificent animals. This ambivalent movie leaves one heartbroken and disconsolate yet gratified and keeps you thinking for long afterwards.

Rating: 4/5



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