Movie Review – The Zookeeper’s Wife

Movie Review - The Zookeeper's WifeThe Zookeeper’s Wife isn’t for everyone. Animal lovers may be excited to see this movie, but I’ll warn you now: this is a gut wrenching movie and not for the faint of heart, especially for the above mentioned animal lovers. The sight of caged animals blown apart by bombs, or brutally shot by Nazi soldiers, is a sight you just don’t want to take to bed with you. OK – you’ve been warned.

If you paid any attention in your history class, you should know the basis for this movie, and any movie about WW II isn’t going to have many warm, fuzzy scenes.

Even though her attempt to speak with a Polish accent fell short, Jessica Chastain owned her role. The supporting cast also brought their A game. Even though the pacing was a bit jagged, it didn’t affect the impact of the movie.


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I enjoyed The Zookeeper’s Wife and recommend it to anyone who can get past the gut wrenching scenes.

Grade: B+

About The Peetimes: This movie was filled with scenes that carried a huge impact on the rest of the movie. The first Peetime comes in early at 38 minutes, and the next at 1:15. There is an emergency Peetime at 1:36 that gives you only three minutes to break.

There are no extra scenes during, or after, the end credits of The Zookeeper’s Wife. (What we mean by Anything Extra.)

Rated (PG-13) for thematic elements, disturbing images, violence, brief sexuality, nudity and smoking
Genres: Biography, Drama, History, True life story

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