Six months after losing his wife, Benjamin (Damon) quits his job as an LA newspaper man and takes his two kids (Ford, Maggie Elizabeth Jones) off to live in a ramshackle country house with a run-down zoo attached. Despite knowing little about zoos, Benjamin decides to bring it back to life, with the help of unpaid zookeeper Kelly (Johansson).
Zoo is the antithesis of edgy, an overlong, all encompassing experience that despite Crowe’s integrity and lightness of touch doesn’t deliver the emotional experience of, say, Jerry Maguire or Almost Famous. Still, it is good to have the righteous dude back.
Reviewed by Ian Freer
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