Twentieth Century Fox has debuted the first trailer for Cameron Crowe’s We Bought a Zoo on Apple. Starring Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, Elle Fanning and Thomas Haden Church, the film tells the story of a single father (Damon) who decides to buy and renovate a dilapidated zoo to fulfill the wish of his late wife. Alice Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada, Morning Glory) wrote the screenplay, based on the memoir by Benjamin Mee. The film also marks Crowe’s return to filmmaking after a six year absence.
The trailer highlights the strong cast Crowe was able to put together as well as the fact that this is going to be a family-oriented film with plenty of heartwarming moments. Cheesy song, cute little kids and inspirational dialogue aside, I’m not sold. This all feels overly sentimental to me, almost as if this was some kind of cheesy TV episode of Dawson Creek or a Hallmark channel movie. Going for the heartstring doesn’t have to be that obvious, does it? What do you think? I want to hear from you in the comments!
We Bought a Zoo will be brought to theaters on December 23. Check out the trailer below or click over to Apple to watch the trailer in HD:
This holiday season, acclaimed filmmaker Cameron Crowe (Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous) directs an amazing and true story about a single dad who decides his family needs a fresh start, so he and his two children move to the most unlikely of places: a zoo. With the help of an eclectic staff, and with many misadventures along the way, the family works to return the dilapidated zoo to its former wonder and glory.