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Friday, May 30, 2014

Movie Review:Night At The Museum

Premise:A night watchman working for a museum is in for some surprises, the first being the discovery that the exhibits come to life at night.

Cast:Ben Stiller as Larry Daley, Robin Williams as Theodore Roosevelt, Carla Gungino as Rebecca, Dick Van Dyke as Cecil Fredricks, Mickey Rooney as Gus, Bill Cobbs as Reginald, Jake Cherry as Nick Daley, Patrick Gallagher as Attila the Hun, Owen Wilson as Jedediah, Steve Coogan as Octavius, Mizuo Peck as Sacajawea, Ricky Gervais as Dr. McPhee

Director:Shawn Levy

MPAA Rating:PG for mild action, language, and brief rude humor

Genres:Comedy, fantasy, kids'

Notes:Images taken from IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes and belong to 20th Century Fox.

Pros:Will spark kids' interest in museums. Good score. A few good lines.

Cons:So-so acting. The villains.

Larry Daley hasn't had a steady job in a while. Since his divorce, he keeps taking opportunities that he ends up quitting. The only opening now is at the Museum of Natural History, where history come alive in more ways than one.

On the whole, this is a pretty average kids' movie. It's neither terrible nor great. It's a mix of less-than-stellar acting, good background music, and some funny lines.

The former nightwatchmen at first seem like they're just passing on the torch. I wish that they had stuck with that impression (mild spoiler) rather than making the ex-guards the bad guys.

In summary, I would recommend this if you want to get your kids interested in museums, but otherwise there's nothing about it that makes it better than average.

Sex:The film Brokeback Mountain is quoted during a dire situation. Roosevelt has a crush on Sacajawea and watches her with binoculars.

Violence:The various museum turn to dust if they go outside during the day (this happens only once onscreen). A wax dummy gets sliced in half. The T-rex skeleton knocks things around with its tail. Cavemen catch on fire.
Larry and a monkey slap each other. Larry is told to lock up the lions in the Hall of African Mammals or they'll eat him. Mini-Mayans shoot him with darts, a miniature train and a hockey puck hit him in the head, guys beat him up, various animals and people chase him, and a monkey bites his nose.
Attila and the Huns try to rip people's limbs off. A van crashes offscreen. A man is thrown from a carriage. Live figurines and Civil War reenactors fight each other. They also get blown back by the force of a tire losing air. An RC Hummer crashes and explodes, making it appear that two characters died.

Language:A muffled "oh s**t." There's also usage of G*d, good L*rd, a**, h*ll, and freaking. There are some G-rated insults like freak, tiny, gigantor, crackerjack, etc.

Drugs/Alcohol:A lone mention of the word "tequila."

Gross stuff:A monkey pees on Larry. There's an insult about changing diapers. Seeing a bunch of animals, a guy wonders who's going to clean up all their dung.

Spiritual:The thing that causes all the ruckus in the museum is an ancient tablet that belonged to a pharaoh. Live statues of religious figures like Buddha appear in the background. Larry reads a book that says Attila the Hun liked magic and sorcery. A couple of references are made to evolution. Jedediah tells someone "You can't fight [destiny] and neither can I."

So what were your thoughts?

© 2014 by M.R.R.

1 comment:

Barbara In Caneyhead said...

We loved this movie when we saw it. I'd watch it again tonight if it came on.
Life & Faith in Caneyhead