Once in a while a good story comes along about family and overcoming hardships that really hits home. This story is based on true events.
Benjamin Mee (Matt Damon) is a thrill seeker, a writer and a risk taker. When he lost his wife his life was turned upside down. Ben became a struggling father trying to raise his son and daughter. He has young son Dylan who's inner rage comes out in his dark art and antics in school while his daughter Lily is as sweet as peaches and cream. Ben searches for a fresh new start for his family by hunting for property. When he saw the place for the first time it was apparent this was the perfect place for his family, little did he know he was getting much more than he bargained for. Not only did Ben get a Zoo but the lively keepers with a tall order of requests of renovations to go with it. Ben was also met with the challenge of a inspection to reopen the Zoo. One of the keepers was a dedicated Kelly Foster (Scarlett Johansson)who helped guide Ben as he learned how to get a handle on the Zoo. The rules for inspection were tight and the inspector was by the book.
The imagery for the film was amazing the way they captured the animals was brilliant and gave me chills.
My favorite catch phrase:
"Give me some fork" (High five with forks)
Moral of the story; when in grief, buy a Zoo!
Meet the real family: