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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.
i LOVE the museum of natural history. i wish they had made the sets in this movie resemble it!
Another Stiller/Wilson vehicle stuffed with weak jokes and irritating delivery. Also, shame on you Robin Williams, you're better than this!
History does come to life, you guys.
i have seen this movie TOO MANY TIMES
Utterly disappointed when I saw this (maybe in cinemas?) but now watching it with my sons, I can see and now accept that it was clearly made for them. They enjoyed the film, and I look forward to eventually seeing the second and third films I have previously ignored. Stiller does get to have moments where he's funny, as do Gervais and Wilson. The likes of Williams and Coogan are pretty much wasted. I'll always believe this film could have been better, but the studio could care less - it was a hit.
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.
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