If the title of this move is scaring you off, don't let it. We Bought a Zoo is a sweet, charming, relatively realistic film, based on a very real zoo, with terrific performances from everyone involved, but especially Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson.
I spent a couple hours in Tom Cruise's house last year and found him down to earth, funny, not short and very focused. So I'm delighted to say that this Mission: Impossible is one of his best. Absolutely terrific action scenes, especially the one at the tallest building in the world in Dubai. Storyline may be a little too convoluted, but otherwise a lot of fun. Worth seeing in iMax.
I'm not a huge fan of convoluted story telling. If a friend told us a story in the style of this film many of us would find ourselves interrupting and saying, "I'm not quite following you, and I'm not sure that I want to." At certain times this kind of stylization derives from an inability to get a narrative down clearly and succinctly. That isn't the case here. These filmmakers knew exactly what they were doing. This is premeditated confusion. It just isn't my cup of tea. Which is not to say that it's a bad movie, or a flawed piece of art—it's just not me.
I expected to love this, and I didn't. I didn't even like it. Meryl Streep is very good, but—for me—this isn't one of her best performances. More important, I didn't care for the story's structure—moving back and forth between Margaret Thatcher as a dotty old lady, and her rise to become England's first woman prime minister. I would've preferred far more of the latter, the good old-fashioned bio pic.