We bought a zoo actual family
We Bought a Zoo by Benjamin MeeMy work in the office is to be in front of the computer for almost the whole day. Iím an information technology-systems analyst guy assigned on North American projects so I rarely talk to anybody except during lunch time. Due to this, I can don a headset and listen to a radio station. 8 hours a day.
Since early this January, my favorite afternoon station, RJ 100.30 has been airing the teaser for the movie adaptation of this memoir We Bought a Zoo with one line that goes something like: ĒYou donít need a lot of knowledge to run a zoo. What you need is a lot of heart.Ē The voice sounds sincere and the irony (who would thought of buying a zoo and declare it as if what you bought was just a new set of plasma TV?) is just intriguing. Then one evening, I saw a poster on top of a waiting shed along EDSA and when I saw Scarlett Johansson (my well-kept secret crush) and Matt Damon (who to my disappointment lost the lead role in the latest The Bourne movie that is currently shooting here in Manila), I said whoa this seems to be a fun movie. Then the following day, I saw a copy of this book at NBS with exactly the same people on the poster along EDSA, so I bought it right away forgetting my new yearís resolution of not buying books, especially brand new books because they are expensive and they derail my monthly budget. But anyway, I resolved that I would not see the movie anyway so the cost of the book approximates the savings from not seeing the movie with my family.
I liked the book particularly that fact that this was based on a true story. It was hard for me to bring my own experiences that would have made this a memorable read. My childhood experiences in zoos were not that really beautiful. The Manila Zoo was the first zoo I visited, once when I was a small boy and I was so young I could not remember anything about it. All I remember now was the stinking smell and the big scary elephant. I also remember that I wanted to eat another ice cream but my mother would not allow me to have another cone. My wife had a somewhat strange memory about her visit: she fell on the pavement and all she remembered when I asked her was that she was crying endlessly because of the pain. When my daughter was young, we bought her to the same zoo, Malabon Zoo and the ones in Tagaytay. She also had the chance to visit Ocean Park (in Hongkong), Singapore Zoo and Zoobic (in Olongapo City) and I know she enjoyed those. Itís always nice to give somethings to your children especially those that you were not able to have when you were young, right?
There is nothing really wrong about the writing. Mee tried to capture everything that happened in an organized manner. Not sure if he exerted effort to make the telling interesting but I just did not feel anything while reading. Okay, he bought the zoo for his mother as he would like her to have something to excite her now becoming boring twilight years. Okay, he was losing his wife, Katherine, to cancer and he probably thought that this would be a diversion of his grief. Okay, his two kids were all excited to own the 200 animals in the zoo and their father seemed like a God-sent hero to save those animals. Sure Mee has all the heart, and I salute him. Itís just that the writing is a bit boring because it is so plain and predictable. There are heartwarming scenes but from page 1, despite all the hurdles thrown by Mee in the air for me to believe otherwise, I knew that the ending would be happy: that they would succeed in running the zoo.
If you are interested on animals, however, I still recommend this book especially if you are planning to buy your own zoo. Quite informative, I would say.
That radio teaser is still being played. I just heard it while typing this review. After reading this book though, I donít have any interest to see the movie.
The real story of the family who bought a zoo
Sign in. Find showtimes, watch trailers, browse photos, track your Watchlist and rate your favorite movies and TV shows on your phone or tablet! IMDb More. Edit We Bought a Zoo Showing all 18 items. In the scene, Benjamin Mee is wearing what appears to be a Dartmoor Zoological Park cap, which is the actual zoo in England on which the movie is based. In the movie, the character, Rosie, refers to her dad, Benjamin Mee, as "more handsome" than the other dads because most of them don't have hair.
Six years ago British journalist Benjamin Mee was living in the countryside of France with his wife, Katherine and two children, Milo and Ella. That was until he stumbled upon a broken-down zoo and a motley crew of wild animals who were in desperate need of a saviour. With no zoological experience and no support from within the industry it took a lot of persistence and failed attempts to purchase the zoo before Mee finally managed to convince the cantankerous owner that he was the right man for the job. But shortly after moving in to their strange new home his wife, who was in remission from cancer, was told her brain tumour had returned. While Mee was overwhelmed with grief he is adamant that through it all he never second guessed his decision to take on the zoo. I never thought that we should stop. Even in those darkest moments when Katherine was ill and when she died.
We Bought a Zoo is a American family comedy-drama film loosely based on the memoir of the same name by Benjamin Mee. It was written and directed by Cameron Crowe and stars Matt Damon as widowed father Benjamin Mee, who purchases a dilapidated zoo with his family and takes on the challenge of preparing the zoo for its reopening to the public.
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It came into being in , when Benjamin Mee and his family came across Dartmoor Wildlife Park locally known as Sparkwell Wildlife Park : a privately owned, dilapidated exotic animal collection with a poor reputation and in terrible financial difficulty. Led by Benjamin, the family gathered all their resources, bought the zoo, saved the animals, and then began the year-long struggle to get the zoo ready to re-open which it finally did in July with new ideology, and under the new name of Dartmoor Zoological Park.
Please refresh the page and retry. T his piece was first published in March , to coincide with the release of the film We Bought a Zoo. This is not a drill". The home, which Mee had moved into four days earlier, was a dilapidated zoo, and a lb jaguar was on the loose. Benjamin Mee is a very persuasive man. After his father died in early Mee had convinced his year-old mother to sell the Surrey home in which he and his three brothers and sister had grown up, and to buy an old house on the edge of Dartmoor in Devon with a failing zoo attached. He had also persuaded his wife that they should leave their barn conversion in France, where they had been living for two years, and move their young family back to England to live with his mother and his brother Duncan.
Please refresh the page and retry. But Lynne Daw, 64, who ran it with her former husband Ellis, says she is distraught at how he has run things and were devastated he let a big cat escape from the grounds. They have also accused Mr Mee of neglecting the health and safety of the animals in lieu of promoting himself. And they claim he has "invented" a story about them releasing pumas into the wild to distract from his own safety lapses. I am so, so angry with what I have heard him claim. I handled all the big cats - Jaguars, lions, Pumas.