We Bought a Zoo
A widowed father played by Matt Damon moves to the South Californian country and purchases a zoo with his family
On Film4: 6 Sep 6:25PM
Early British Hitchcock which has the future master of suspense trying to make a living with this faithful adaptation of O'Casey's classic play, chronicling the ups and downs of an Irish family in the Dublin of the 1920s. Most of it is a straight filming of the play - and was acknowledged as such by Hitchcock - even though handsomely photographed and acted. When the action opens up towards the end, Hitch gets a chance to flex his cinematic muscle with a predictably dramatic ending.
Alas, it is too late to save what is essentially a theatrical experience.
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