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Night at the Museum
Where History Comes To Life
Chaos reigns at the natural history museum when night watchman Larry Daley accidentally stirs up an ancient curse, awakening Attila the Hun, an army of gladiators, a Tyrannosaurus rex and other exhibits. Larry tries desperately to keep the museum under control, but he's fighting a losing battle until President Teddy Roosevelt comes to the rescue.
Shawn Levy's "Night at the Museum" should not work at all. On the surface, it reads as a CGI-laden, lowest common denominator-targeting, overly kid-friendly adventure that may succeed at the box office while failing in terms of actual, memorable quality or spirit. Thankfully, the film shrugs off the ringing bells of soulless, corporate enterprise, and, though it may still be a CGI-laden, kid-friendly adventure, it is also a satisfyingly good ride.
The story revolves around Ben Stiller's put-upon dad who must secure a job in order to retain partial custody, not to mention the respect of, his son. Taking a position as a night watchmen at a natural history museum, Stiller's security guard watches as the displays come to life…
Oh look, it's the Ben Stiller Story Arc prancing around in a museum filled with poor CGI and lame humour.
Some campy good fun, and I like the inner, adventurous spirit-like approach this movie employs.
Unfortunately, a lot of the comedy is quickly dating (something Adam Sandler doesn't seem to be picking up on... someone tell him!) and the film isn't totally engaging for anyone over the age of 12, at times.
Ben Stiller is relatively charming, but mostly just plays himself. And hey, anything with a roman miniature in it can't be all that bad...
Some cheap fun, and has its moments.
A very painted by the numbers routine flare, but it undeniably has a lot of charm and heart to it. Not all of the jokes work, but I was surprise that at even 17 I still found myself laughing quite a bit, and the cast definitely helps make it a relatively fun adventure. And Carla Gugino always helps.
"Good Lord, Lawrence! Why are you slapping a monkey?"
Remembering Robin Williams Part 2
Even though it's not one of his more popular films, mostly because it's really a Ben Stiller film, Robin Williams is actually the scene stealer in this family film. In fact, this is actually probably close to one of my favorite family comedies in recent memory, because of the incredibly amount of comedic talent involved in the film. With the likes of Stiller, Mickey Rooney, Dick Van Dyke, Ricky Gervais, and of course Robin Williams, there's not a better display of different kinds of comedy in one single place. It's not perfect, but it's a fun two hour distraction, and better, it may make kids excited…
"I'm made of wax, Larry. What are you made of?"
It's quick, it's wondrous and it's fairly well-made, in order to hate Night at the Museum you must be something of a pessimist, because, despite conveniences and an annoying child actor, it's just a simple and charming experience that kills time in a pleasant way.
Loser-ish dad wants to stay close to his son. Only needs to keep a job, but that's difficult. Five minutes into his job as night's watchman at a museum he's already fucking about with the intercom and hasn't bothered with reading the manual.
Then CGI happens.
+ Paul Rudd is likeable as the caring new boyfriend/husband. His main flaw seems to be that he likes his job and is good at it.
- Bad green screen.
- Ricky Gervais probably cost more in this than he brought in.
Funny and entretaining enough to deserve a moderate recommendation.
You know that thing you do when you watch your favourite actor's filmography, especially the early one? Well, I came for Rami Malek and I was not disappointed.
A night watch man (Ben Stiller) at a museum of natural history makes a startling discovery:the museum comes to life at night.
I think this well produced film has a mean attitude towards history and with nothing in their mind just make jokes and jokes about history in an desricpecfull way,even though i laught quite a bit and it had a well done story and scenery this movie isnt a masterpiece.
Night at the Museum is a fun guilty pleasure film with a nice magical concept.
Very enjoyable family fun that takes a great premise - the museum coming alive at night - and uses it for a great mix of laughs and adventure. Stiller dials it down for the lead role, but he still has plenty of great moments, and the support cast includes fun turns from Owen Wilson, Steve Coogan, Ricky Gervais, and Dick Van Dyke.
Also, listen to the commentary track from director Shawn Levy to hear how much he literally likes to say the word literally. It's literally a lot.
So middle of the road, it should be given a traffic ticket.
Fun and entertaining, but not so good
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