Saturday, April 7, 2012
Movie Review: Zookeeper
Movie Blurb: In this wacky comedy, Kevin James plays Griffin Keyes, a zookeeper who loves animals who love him back! In appreciation of their keeper's devotion to their well-being, a gorilla (voiced by Nick Nolte), a monkey (voiced by Adam Sandler), a lioness (voiced by Cher), and others suddenly start speaking up to help engineer a romance between Griffin and a pretty colleague (Rosario Dawson). Leslie Bibb, Donnie Wahlberg co-star.
Review:Kevin James is one of those guys you really have to love, even though most of what he's done, film wise is pretty lousy.
Zookeeper looked amusing, though, so I decided to rent it and give it a try.
It was cute.
The voices of the animals were super annoying for the most part, but all in all, the story was a good one, for the most part. (Adam Sandler's Donald the Monkey was the worst, and Cher's Lioness the best)
The movie pretty much states that what you want isn't always the best choice. Griffin wanted to win back Stephanie, a snotty girl who dumped him badly 5 years ago (played by Leslie Bibbs). The animals of the zoo come to his aid in a Doctor Doolittle kind of way and he gets what he wants, only to find, he doesn't like what he's become. But don't think this film is deep like that.
No, he takes Bernie the gorilla to TGIFridays and has him pretend that he's in costume.
So there's a lot of silliness.
It's a good family film, and Rosario Dawson's Kate (The female Zookeeper) is awesome. The best scene in the film is the two of them swinging around trying to make Stephanie jealous at a wedding reception.
A halfway decent flick for $1.27.