Review of “Night at the Museum” (2006) PG 105min
March 23rd, 2008 by Maxim · 1 Comment · 6,680 Views
Director – Shawn Levy | Writers – Robert Ben Garant, Thomas Lennon, based on book by Milan Trenc
Cast: Ben Stiller as Larry Daley | Carla Gugino as Rebecca | Dick Van Dyke as Cecil | Mickey Rooney as Gus | Bill Cobbs as Reginald | Robin Williams as Teddy Roosevelt | Patrick Gallagher as Attila the Hun | Rami Malek as Ahkmenrah | Steve Coogan as Octavius | Mizuo Peck as Sacajawea | Owen Wilson as Jedediah | 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
The plot: Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) is in the middle of divorce and because his resume is not exactly his selling point so he could not get a descent job. The only was he will get to see his son after divorce is if he gets a job – any job. The Natural History museum of New York city is having financial troubles, so they are seeking to replace three old night watchmen with the new young one, and Larry was accepted as a replacement with the endorsement of the old watchmen (Dick Van Dyke, Mickey Rooney and Bill Cobbs). From the very first night Larry is in trouble when everything in the museum comes alive at night stirred by the ancient tablet’s curse: a Roman army headed by the emperor Octavius (Steve Coogan), a T. rex, Attila The Hun (Patrick Gallagher), Neanderthals, Mayans and wild animals. They wreak havoc until President Teddy Roosevelt (Robin Williams) comes to the rescue.
The good: Owen Wilson in the role of a cowboy with a super-star complex he must have gotten playing Roy in Shanghai Noon. A bone-fetching T-rex as also slightly amusing. This movie may be pretty good for kids under 10 years old. As far as adults go, it did squeeze couple of genuine laughs out of me, but other then that it was just silly slapstick comedy and not interesting. Good to see Stiller playing something else for a change without the grossy humor of his other movies. Well, actually there was a urine gag in this movie too.
The bad: great idea, but poor execution – humorless.
The summary: may be fun for kids, but mildly amusing for adults – just a few chuckles here and there.
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