The Zookeeper's Wife is a well-intentioned, sweetly-made examination of kindness and determination, right when the world needs a nudge in that direction. It is certainly not without its issues, mainly the struggle in pacing and transition from the second to the third act, as well as a facing a slight tonal inconsistency that really settles. What it otherwise lacks though, it makes up for with handsome production values and Jessica Chastain's empathetic and moving performance, helmed by the directorial talents of Niki Caro. It is almost as if two films are playing out throughout The Zookeeper's Wife and although both are satisfying, they don't always gel in a sophisticated enough manner to be a fully-fledged success. It is engrossing when it moves at a brisk pace and refreshingly quiet and vulnerable - certainly more so than you would expect. It still remains weight and moving though, powering past its flaws to deliver a generally satisfying picture.
Summary: The Zookeeper's Wife is a well-intentioned and handsome adaptation of a story worth telling and despite a terrific central performance from Jessica Chastain, its brought down by an overly sanitised approach to its facts-based tale and its unnecessarily long runtime.