‘The Zookeeper’s Wife’ was directed by Niki Caro and stars Jessica Chastain as a zookeeper’s wife, who helps her husband run the zoo in Poland during World War II, when Jewish people started being taken into a ghetto by Nazis. Learning how terrible their lives in the Ghetto are by entering there for fodder for animals, husband and wife make an attempt to rescue as many Jews as possible and hide them in their zoo but...
This movie is based on a true story and begins from when Jews were taken into a ghetto to the end of the war. Since I didn’t know that those things were actually happening at that time in the Warsaw Zoo, this movie was pretty much enjoyable to me and could learn several things that I hadn’t known. I reckon that without the knowledge of the history of World War II or stuff, perhaps it will make it difficult for you to understand this whole story that, as I mentioned, contains some important events, though how this story proceeds was pretty simple to follow: ghettos → turning the zoo into a hideout for Jews → Nazis being suspicious about the place.
I bet it must have been pretty tough to shoot the film due to use of heaps of animals that can be seen thorough this entire film. Maybe it’s a good idea just to see those cute animals if you are really fond of animals and important to have knowledge of how hard and risky even running a zoo at that time was.
Most of the cast speak English even though they were performing as German or polish people. I was really surprised at how good at speaking English with a Polish accent Jessica Chatain was. Cos she could’ve spoke as fluently as usual but she tried to speak English the way as the other cast speak. Though I have seen some films starring her and most of her performances were terrific, she looked very different in this film, probably because of her speaking which could be one of the reasons for that. It must have been a hard work for her to master that without being dubbed I guess. I couldn’t do even if I were told to do that sort of thing.
Thank you for reading my brief review of ‘The Zookeeper’s Wife’!