Zookeeper: Movie Review
Cast: Kevin James, Rosario Dawson, Leslie Bibb, An array of
vocal talents for talking animals
Kevin James continues to mine his everyman
shtick in this latest, a comedy about a zookeeper.
Griffin, who, at the start of the film has his proposal rejected by Leslie
Bibb's Stephanie (the love of his life).
years later, Griffin's now head zookeeper and relatively content with his lot in
life. Until at his brother's engagement do (at the zoo, naturally) his ex shows
up and Griffin realises what he may have lost.
determined to better himself, Griffin decides it's time to leave the zoo - and
take a high earning job elsewhere to ensure he's not seen as a failure.
And that's the moment, the animals plot to keep him -
and break their code of silence to reveal to him, and he alone, that they can
What to say about Zookeeper?
If you like pratfalls, talking animals, a creepy Asian
zookeeper (step forward Ken Jeong), flat set pieces which lack fizz and sparkle,
occasional laugh out loud moments and an array of stars (Stallone, Cher to name
but two) talking as animals, then stop reading right here and pre-book your
ticket for Zookeeper.
Granted the younger end of the audience is
likely to enjoy this and there's a nice message about staying true to yourself
and believing in yourself, but Zookeeper is pretty much your standard middle of
the road fare.
James trades well on his everyman
role once again but this time around, there's little for him to work with here -
there's certainly no sophistication on display in the script but some of the
younger end of the audience will love it in places (particularly the whole
friendship he has with a gorilla, and a talking monkey too).
At the end of the day, if you want to see Kevin James being given
advice on getting women from a group of animated animals who're prone to putting
him in a succession of embarrassing situations, believe the kids will have a
good time and you're prepared to leave your brain at the door, then Zookeeper is
the one for your hard earned cash.