Filmed by Cameron Crowe and starring Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson, the movie We Bought a Zoo is, as the name suggests, about a family buying a zoo but it is much more than the apparent expression of the title means. The movie is based on a true story and shows the problematic and hazardous process of obtaining, running, and opening a zoo. However, throughout the hard times shown in the movie, we can find the messages of love, friendship, and, most of all, trust being presented like the sprinkles on a doughnut.
The movie starts with the Mee family looking for a new house after Katherine, mother, died. Benjamin, father, tries to move on with the remaining family, Rosie, and Dylan to restart a new life free from the loss of their mother. Benjamin, after looking at a couple of houses, chooses an old house, but it comes with a zoo with about 200 wild animals, which is about to be closed. Benjamin was a famous reporter, who always sought adventure, and decides to buy it, though he has no knowledge and experience about running a zoo.
He does not get off to a smooth start. He has trouble with his son, and has to learn too many things about animals and the zoo. Also, the zoo has to be inspected if it is to be opened, and a lot of money is needed. Benjamin struggles to solve these unexpected problems every day. While he is busy with the heaps of problems piled up in front of him, his relationship with his son Dylan gets worse day by day. Benjamin wants Dylan to move on instead of being grumpy and grieving. He treats Dylan harsher than Rosie. In the meantime, Dylan makes a friend, Lily where they moved. At first, he does not think of her as a friend and keeps missing his friends from his former neighborhood. However, he later learns that she has always been there to cheer him up. Benjamin gives his son advice using his favorite principle, that you need only 20 seconds of courage to achieve great things. Dylan admits he misses Lily.
Benjamin discovers that his wife inherited him an investment account, with instructions to use the money wisely while listening to his heart. Benjamin decides to use the money to repair the zoo. This lifts the zoo workers' morale. Benjamin also realizes that instead of trying to start over by forgetting his wife, he should accept that she will always be a part of him.
Throughout the process of Benjamin getting to know the zoo and opening the zoo, he faces constant trouble and negative comments from his friends. He does not always stay positive, and he gets furious, anxious, and even afraid. However, the trust that things are going to work out keeps him moving. Because of the trust, many helping hands reach him in time. Although the help he got was unexpected, all viewers would agree that he earned it by his efforts and passion. The movie depicts a clear message; Have trust in things you do. No one can have no doubts on the way, however, the sky is going to clear like after heavy rain.