“The Zookeeper’s Wife” is a tense and excellent movie that is tough to watch like all movies that take place in Europe during the Third Reich. I am not sure how this got a PG-13 rating. I would not take a child to this film but it is a film every adult needs to see. This movie really shows how everyone and everything is hurt when hate prevails. We have to ensure that it never happens again.
The” Zookeeper’s Wife” tells the true story of zookeepers of the Warsaw Zoo, Antonina and Jan Zabinski, who helped save hundreds of people and animals during the Nazi invasion of Poland.
Academy Award Nominee Jessica Chastain stars as the zookeeper’s wife, Antonina Zabinski. Johan Heeldenbergh is her husband, Jan Zabinski. Daniel Bruhl is German Nazi, Lutz Heck. Timothy Radford is the younger Ryszard Zabinski and Val Maloku is the older Ryszard Zabinski. Iddo Goldberg is Maurycy Fraenkel. Efrat Dor is Magda Gross.
Chastain is excellent in the title role as the zookeeper’s wife. You feel her pain and want to lash out at the Nazi’s for her and her family. This is the best female performance I have seen so far this year.
Niki Caro directed the film. Caro is known for directing “North Country” and “Whale Rider.”
“The Zookeeper’s Wife” was written by Angela Workman based on the book, “The Zookeeper’s Wife” by Diane Ackerman. The story and screenplay are based on the true story of the Zabinski family.
This is one of those powerful films, like “Schindler’s List” and “Saving Private Ryan,” that every adult should see at least once. It is a film that I don’t want to see again because it was just too hard but it is a beautifully shot film. The cinematography is amazing. The special effects make you feel you are in the middle of the destruction of Warsaw.
To see “The Zookeeper’s Wife” you will have to go to St. Louis. I could not find it anywhere in the Riverbend but it is worth the trip to St. Louis. To feel its full impact this film needs to be seen on the big screen.
It opens Friday at the Plaza Frontenac. Leave the kids at home and be sure to take a box of Kleenex with you because you will need it; but, don’t miss this film.