Night At The Museum (2006)

SHAWN LEVY

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5

USA/United Kingdom2006.  , Ingenious Film Partners, 1492 Pictures, 21 Laps Entertainment, Dune Entertainment.  Screen Story and Screenplay by , , based on the book by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , Shawn Levy.  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .

is a divorced dad who just can’t get it together; his hare-brained business schemes won’t get off the ground and he’s in financial trouble again, something that seems to be affecting his young son’s opinion of him in a big way. In need of a job as quickly as possible, he takes a position as night guard at Manhattan’s Museum of Natural History, replacing three old tars who have been canned in the institution’s interest of saving funds. What his predecessors fail to tell him during training is that the mysterious power of an Egyptian tablet makes every single exhibit in the museum come to life when the doors are closed at night, giving Stiller quite the load of responsibilities to handle from dusk until dawn. Between defending his life from wild Huns, playing fetch with the skeleton of a T-Rex, preventing battles between a pint-sized cowboy (Owen Wilson) and an equally miniscule Roman leader (), and helping Theodore Roosevelt (Robin Williams) find love with the beautiful Sakagawea, Stiller is up to his neck in a world of wonders, then has to keep it together long enough to make his life work during the day as well. More cute than classic, this winsome adventure works because of a genuine sense of wonder that goes beyond just the impressive visual effects; the kids will love it, and will most likely be inspired to visit a museum themselves, while adults will be more than amused.

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