I wanted to travel to see a movie that was playing about an hour and a half away, so I decided to go ahead and knock out multiple movies that I wanted to see locally. This was definitely the one I wanted to see least, and while my expectations were exceeded, it still wasn't a particularly great film.
I am not a fan of Jessica Chastain. I have found myself annoyed by her in every film except for "Interstellar", "Crimson Peak", and "Miss Sloane". This isn't an exception. Her accent drops in and out, and I didn't think that her emotion was very believable. I do like Daniel Brühl, and he was good, but I am afraid that he is starting to get a little typecast. This is one of many times that he has played the "Evil Nazi", but I actually like him in the other roles that he plays even more. The rest of the supporting cast has its ups and downs. I don't think that many of them were really able to emulate the terror or sadness that one would expect someone in that situation would have.
The writing of the film isn't awful, but it is definitely a bit melodramatic, slow, and drawn out. I found myself checking my watch multiple times, wondering when it would be over, especially during the ending, which was very cheesy and elongated. There were a few suspenseful moments, but the writers also felt the need to cram in unnecessary subplots. If it were just a drama about the underground transport of Jews out of Warsaw, it could have been thirty minutes shorter and a more, brisk, enjoyable film. Instead, we also get a plot about the paramilitary resistance to the Nazis that doesn't really pay off and a ridiculous love triangle. It wasn't an unbearable film, but it just doesn't offer anything particularly fresh or inventive. The execution isn't bad, but the only thing of particular note is its score, which is good, but a bit excessive at times.
Ultimately, "The Zookeeper's Wife" had some interesting moments and started with potential, but it just isn't notable enough to warrant going to see in theaters unless if you are a diehard fan of the genre or the source material.
The Zookeeper's Wife
Big Tuna's Rating: C+
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Probably not.
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