Night at the Museum
Good-hearted dreamer Larry Daley (Ben Stiller), despite being perpetually down on his luck, thinks he’s destined for something big. But even he could never have imagined how “big,” when he accepts what appears to be a menial job as a graveyard-shift security guard at a museum of natural history. During Larry’s watch, extraordinary things begin to occur: Mayans, Roman Gladiators and cowboys emerge from their diorama to wage epic battles; in his quest for fire, a Neanderthal burns down his own display; Attila the Hun pillages his neighboring exhibits and a T-Rex reminds everyone why he’s history’s fiercest predator. Amidst the chaos, the only person Larry can turn to for advice is a wax figure of President Teddy Roosevelt (Robin Williams), who helps our hero harness the bedlam, stop a nefarious plot, and save the museum.
This is an imaginative movie which is a good one for the holidays. The film starts off a bit slowly, with the dialog lacking wit and although there’s nothing snappy about it, when the museum comes to life at night for Larry, the new security guard, the movie takes off and is quite fun to watch. The special effects are nicely done and it is hard to dislike a movie which includes such historical figures as Teddy Roosevelt, Attila the Hun, Lewis and Clark and even cavemen and a T-Rex. There is a lot of action and we would like to approve it for the entire family-however, with a caveman’s hair caught on fire, and several fights we are approving it for ages twelve and above. It might be a bit intense for kids under twelve. There is a comment about evolved beings being greater than the monkey in the movie, so some people will not like that. But overall the film is funny and creative. It includes an irresponsible father taking on responsibility and becoming a hero to his son which we commend. We award the movie five doves.