NIGHT AT THE
STARRING: Ben Stiller, Robin
Williams, Carla Gugino, Kim Raver, Mickey Rooney, Dick Van Dyke, Bill Cobbs,
Ricky Gervais, Rami Malek, Paul Rudd, Steve Coogan, Owen Wilson
2006, 131 Minutes, Directed by:
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 night watchman at a museum of natural history. But during
Larry's watch, something extraordinary happens: the museum's exhibits magically
come to life. A fearsome T-Rex insists on a game of fetch (with one of his own
skeleton bones); Mayans, Roman Gladiators, and cowboys emerge from their diorama
to wage epic battles; and a wax figure of Teddy Roosevelt gives Larry important
advice while harboring a crush for an Indian princess. As things spiral wildly
out of control, Larry must find a way to control the magic to stop a nefarious
plot and save the museum.
At night a cursed ancient
Egyptian artefact makes all the displays in a New York museum magically come to
life in this hit comedy and a newbie night security guard has to cope with it
all. Think Jumanji (Robin Williams is also in this flick), but with wax
statues of Teddy Roosevelt and the bones of a huge T-Rex being reanimated and
you’d have a good idea of what to expect.
Unfortunately what promises to
be a fun Spielbergian romp for the whole family is a bit on the bland and
mediocre side. It just never is that funny or exciting even when a subplot
involving thieves wanting to steal said Egyptian artifact kicks in. The action
mostly consists of people running around and screaming a lot.
The sort of movie that is fine
and undemanding whilst watching it, but which you’ll forget ever having seen in
a few weeks’ time.