Editor’s note: We all love movies, but rather than ask a syndicated columnist who has never visited our beautiful High Desert, we commissioned our own local movie critic: Nolan P. Smith to review films and give us a local perspective. Enjoy!
High Desert Daily
(Victor Valley)–He rose to popularity due to his role as IPS Delivery Driver Doug Heffernan in the hit sitcom King of Queens. He co-starred with funny man Adam Sandler in I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry. He patrolled the mall on a Segway in Paul Blart: Mall Cop. Now, Kevin James stars as a down on his luck zookeeper in the latest film from Sandler’s Happy Madison Studios, Zookeeper.
From the previews of talking animals and the antics of the James on display, you kind of get a sense of what the whole film will be like: a family comedy with talking animals, romance and hilarity. Well, that is exactly what you get, which is not a bad thing at all. James sticks to his strength, as the characters he is known for playing are usually the good guy, kind hearted type of people you would want to have as friends in real life. His role as Zookeeper Griffin is no exception.
The film revolves are the dedicated zookeeper trying to win back the woman that turned down his wedding proposal five years back. With the assistance from the talking animals he has helped for years, he goes on to trying everything to win her affection once again. Cast wise, this film is a gold mine of talent: Rosario Dawson (Sin City) plays his fun filled co-worker at the zoo, Ken Jeong (The Hangover) plays the reptile handler at the zoo, and Leslie Bibb (Confessions of a Shopaholic) plays the woman the Zookeeper is pining over. But that’s not all: the cast of the voice-overs for the animals is amazing. Action superstar Sylvester Stallone (The Expendables) voices the king of the jungle, Joe the Lion, Adam Sandler voices Donald the Monkey, and Cher lends her vocals to Janet the Lioness. Bernie the Gorilla (Voiced by Nick Nolte) has one of the larger speaking roles in the film, and sounds excellent at it.
The film is the summer fun comedy that families of all ages can enjoy. James once again shows that he can headline a film on his own, but with a cast like this, it’s nice to have a little help from your friends.