Saturday, 3 December 2011

The Zookeeper (2011)

Tom:
The Zookeper,2011,USA
Director:Frank Coraci
Stars:Kevin James, Rosario Dawson and Leslie Bibb

"A group of zoo animals decide to break their code of silence in order to help their lovable zoo keeper find love -- without opting to leave his current job for something more illustrious."

Zookeeper is a film which is handicapped as soon as you read the plot summary,A beloved Zookeeper gets dating advice from the animals he works with so that they can keep him around.Hearing that you would expect a film along the lines of "Night At The Museum" or "Doctor Doolitle"(which aren't good films in their own right)Zookeeper takes a step further as we follow the life of Kevin Jame's character Griffin from the rejection of marriage from his dream girl to his discovery about the animals.Im not exactly sure what kind of audience the film is targeted for,on one hand there is the obvious childish humor and funny animals that appeal to kids but on the other there are a couple of adult themes such as heartbreak and loneliness.Maybe Zookeeper is just a film without an audience.

There is little to like about Zookeeper,For a film set in the zoo and featuring talking animals there seems to be little of that in the plot,The animals get brushed aside and even forgotten in the latter half of the movie as the story chooses to focus on Kevin James's character hanging out with a Gorilla and falling for Rosario Dawson's,this may or may not be a good thing depending on your thoughts,I think this is probably a good thing because of the fact that the Monkey voiced by Adam Sandler gets less screen time.

Kevin James takes lead role here,I like James especially on the TV show "King Of Queens" but he really is having a hard time finding good film roles having appeared in such shockers as "I Now Pronounce You Chuck And Larry","Paul Blart:Mall Cop" and "Grown Ups" and unfortunently Zookeeper adds to this list.The film features an all star voice including Sylvester Stallone,Cher,Nick Nolte,Jon Favreua,Judd Apatow and Maya Rudolph but really under utilizes them as they do the live action star such as Ken Jeong and Donnie Wahlberg.

Zookeeper is an extremely flawed film,I cant judge on whether it would be good family entertainment but for me it was a mess,i would definenlty not recommend it.

Tom:1.5/4

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