Sunday, December 25, 2011

We Bought a Zoo (PG/124 Min.)


Lions and tigers and bears oh my! Go see this movie!!! I went with my mom, dad and PT and we all loved it. I've been unable to go to the theater this month (except one visit to the OKCMOA) so I'm so glad I enjoyed the one mainstream movie I was finally able to see.

If you haven't heard about this movie yet it's based on the true story of a man (Benjamin Mee) who decides to move out of his neighborhood after his son, Dylan, is expelled from school. He and his daughter, Rosie, spend hours looking for a new home and both fall in love with the same house as soon as they see it. Unfortunately, the house shares the land with a zoo. Benjamin decides to give it a chance and the adventure begins. If you have heard of it already, the description is still the same.

Matt Damon plays the part of Benjamin, a man who lost his wife six months ago and is trying to be the best dad he can. Matt needs to be a dad in more movies. I am in love with his character. For today anyway. I'll love someone else tomorrow. My dad is doing some reading about the real Mee family and has just informed me that the mom died of a brain tumor three months after they bought the zoo. Sad.

Scarlett Johansson plays the part of Kelly, the zookeeper. I didn't much care for Scarlett in the first few of her movies that I saw but I've liked her more and more as her career has progressed. She is sweet and serious and funny in this film. Even though my heart broke when she had to stand up to Benjamin regarding one of the animals I still loved her for it.

The children are played by Colin Ford (Dylan) and Maggie Elizabeth Jones (Rosie). Dylan is 14 and was forced to grow up too fast when he watched his mom struggle through her illness. He's sad, sullen and in major need of a good talking to. You know it's gonna happen. It's just a matter of when. Rosie is 7 and is a little ray of sunshine through the entire movie. I was so glad we never had to see her cry. I don't think I could've taken it. Unfortunately, sweet little Rosie says one of a few bad words in the movie. I kinda wonder, though, if the real little Mee said the same thing and that's why it was included.

I pretty much liked all of the characters in We Bought a Zoo except for the guy who had to inspect the zoo before it could re-open. He was a jerk and a pig. But that was the point. Rosie's one bad word was aimed at him.

At times during the movie the animals stole the scene. Buster, the bear and Spar, the tiger were my favorites. And Crystal, the Capuchin was so sweet. I want to own a zoo.

And now for the breakdown..

Cussing - Yes. This is one of the only things that bothered me since this is a family film. $#!+ is the favorite and both kids use bad words. I'm not condoning what Dylan said but I'm really not surprised he said it.
Drinking/Drugs - No drugs but quite a bit of drinking.
Sex/Nudity - None at all.
Violence - Nope.
Intense scenes - Just two. I won't tell you what happens but one involves snakes and the other involves a lion, a busted lock and a man inside the lion enclosure. This second scene includes PT's favorite line of the film, "I'm full of Scotch, bitterness and impure thoughts." She has said this repeatedly since we left the theater.

Who would I recommend this to? Pretty much anyone but with the warning to parents regarding the cussing and drinking. It is such a good family movie if not for that. I will definitely buy the Blu-Ray/DVD when it comes out and might just go see it at the theater again. Mainly to help their standing at the box office. And ladies, if you're having trouble getting your guy to go with you because he thinks it's a chick flick you can assure them that the mush is kept to a minimum.

Finally, I just wanted to mention that the final scene is now one of my favorite movie endings and the reason I'm now in love with Matt Damon. Go see this!

P.S. If you like animals as much as I (and pretty much all my family) do you may need Kleen-Ex. PT commented as we were leaving that she noticed I had cried. A few minutes later she admitted to doing the same after mom said that she had cried too. But, rest assured that this doesn't last long. You'll laugh. You'll cry. You'll leave happy.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Movie List - November 2011

It was a bad month for movies apparently. But I got a lot of other things accomplished. I think.

1) Immortals
2) Jack and Jill
3) G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra
4) White Christmas (It's a tradition that the girls in the family watch this on Thanksgiving or at least Thanksgiving weekend. Mom and I were the only ones to carry it on this year. PT and Armat had other things to do. Oh well.)
5) Hugo
6) Thor (I showed PT the Conan O'Brien Thor trailer right before we watched the movie. We spent the whole movie doing the lines the way Conan did. And giggled the entire time. I love that girl.)
7) Young Adult

Young Adult (R/94 Min.)


This does NOT seem to be the season for good movies. I saw Hugo last week and liked it and will be posting on it this weekend but other than that the last few films have not been kind. I thought Jack and Jill was bad but at least part of it was funny. This movie was just plain awful. Let me try to sum it up for you.

Mavis Gary is a lonely, washed-up young adult book author who decides to go back to her hometown in Podunk, MN. That’s not really the town’s name but you already knew that, didn’t you? Her plan is to track down her old boyfriend, Buddy, who now has a wife and brand spanking new baby girl and break up their marriage because he is so obviously unhappy. Along the way she runs into the guy who had the locker next to hers in high school. He was brutally attacked back in the good ol’ days and now walks with a cane. We get to hear a LOT about his crooked…ahem…member that was also victim to the attack. Mavis calls him Hate Crime Matt. She’s so sweet. Mavis tells Matt her plan. Matt tries to stop her…repeatedly. Mavis calls Buddy. They meet at a local sports pub. Buddy invites Mavis to come hear his wife’s band and after the gig Mavis drives Buddy home because he’s drunk and Beth (his wife) wants to hang with her band mates some more. Mavis and Buddy kiss. Buddy calls Mavis the next day and invites her to the baby naming ceremony. She shows up, asks him to speak in private and then tries to kiss him and get him to run away with her. He is having none of it. He not only stops her kiss but he blocks it with his hand and pushes her away then asks her to leave. When she’s out in the yard with all the other party goers she tells Beth she needs a real drink. Beth gets a pitcher of what looks like sangria and turns around too quickly. She bumps in to Mavis and dumps red drink all over her. Mavis flips (not literally), cusses Beth out and makes a general fool of herself. Buddy comes out and basically tells her that Beth made him invite her and that she’s the town joke. Ouch! She goes to Hate Crime Matt’s house and has relations with him. At this point the audience was strongly expressing their disgust. The next morning she extracts herself from Matt's embrace and sneaks out. She goes to the kitchen and helps herself to some coffee and conversation with Matt’s sister. The sister tells Mavis that she’s the best thing that happened to that town. Mavis, of course, agrees. She leaves, picks up her dog, who has been neglected in the hotel room through the whole movie, and then she heads home learning not much at all from her experience. Oh, and did I mention that Mavis is drunk through most of the movie? No? Well, she was.

There. Now you know what it’s about so you don’t need to waste your time or money. I was hoping this was going to be along the lines of My Best Friend’s Wedding. It wasn’t. And then some.

I was so completely disappointed in Charlize Theron. What on earth was she thinking? And what were the writers, director, producers, crew members, catering companies, etc. thinking? Did they really all sit there and watch as this was being filmed and think, “Wow! I see an Oscar in our future!”? They couldn’t have. I can’t believe this even made the big screen. This is another film I strongly considered walking out during but I stayed. For you. Because that’s how I roll.

I took Leanne with me and kept looking at her during to see if she was as pained as I was. Pretty much. I have a feeling she’s going to stop going to movies with me. Even if they ARE free. I felt dirty after. I needed a shower. And to reformat my brain. Well, I’ve probably needed that for years. I’ve decided that not only do they need to reimburse us the money it took to drive to the theater, they also need to send me two blank pieces of paper and replenish the ink used to print the passes. From hearing the people who sat around us we weren’t the only ones feeling this way.

I absolutely do not recommend this to anyone. Period. I refuse to even break down the cussing, sex, etc. Just don’t go see this. If more people read my blog I’d feel bad about saying all this but only a few people do so I won’t be affecting much of the box office take. I would like to say, “Thank you!!!” to those of you who do read this. It’s nice to know I’m not just talking to myself. Again. Oh, and speaking of not recommending this movie I’d like to give a big shout out to the intelligent life forms who brought their young children to this film. WHAT.WERE.YOU.THINKING?!!! It’s rated R for goodness sake!

P.S. I got my wish and Elizabeth Reaser (Esme from Twilight) had a bigger role in a movie. Finally. She doesn’t get to talk much, though, and she looks horrible. Be careful what you wish for.

P.P.S. There is absolutely no need to stay through the movie much less the credits. Unless you want to see who to blame.