Title: Night at the Museum **Director: **Shawn Levy Year: 2006 Run time: 1hr 48m
“Ben Stiller leads an all-star cast, including Robin Williams, in this hilarious blockbuster hit. When Larry Daley (Stiller) is hired as Museum night watchman, he soon discovers that all the exhibits come to life after the sun sets. Can he figure out a way to control the chaos and become a hero in his son’s eyes? Boasting jaw-dropping special effects and big laughs, Night at the Museum is your ticket to non-stop fun!”
1:25 - The film has barely started and I already want to go to more museums. 4:37 - I didn’t know Paul Rudd was in it. Bonus! 5:11 - “Still waiting for the technology to catch up with the ideas.” Our lives! 11:55 - “Control your young, please.” He shouldn’t be my favourite but he is. 21:23 - Any kind of night watchman role must be a bit creepy. 23:52 - Ha, dinosaur plays fetch. 29:23 - Why are there snakes in every single film ever? 34:40 - Owen Wilson is fun. “The iron horse.” 37:28 - Crikey, the mummy really does have the worst deal. 37:56 - “If it can be dreamed, it can be done.” 46:09 - He joined the tour! Bless. 56:25 - I’m sure the monkey could fit through the bars. 1:12:44 - So after two days, he’s now inviting everyone to join in. 1:17:20 - Piledriver! That guy is terrifying! 1:17:45 - Kick ass van Dyke. 1:19:07 - “I’m made of wax, Larry, what are you made of?” 1:25:30 - “My dum-dum want to speak.”
This is yet another franchise that completely passed us by until we saw a trailer for the most recent entry. With Rebel Wilson in that one, we were intrigued and so delved into the first in the series.
It was surprisingly good, lots of great characters, a fun story, and some excellent CGI. I did get a bit confused towards the end what exactly the big bad plot was, but it didn’t matter because it was all fun and games and actual details were unimportant.
Some of the characters were brilliant, the Easter Island head was a particular favourite, and Owen Wilson and Steve Coogan made an unusual but strong double act. Overall, it’s like Toy Story, sparking the imagination of what happens with inanimate objects when you’re not looking. And that can only be fun!