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Night At The Museum (2 Disc Special Edition) [2006] - 14.98

An irresistible concept meets computer-generated wonders in Night at the Museum, inspired by a 1993 children's book by Milan Trenc. Ben Stiller stars as Larry Daley, an underachieving inventor waiting for his ship to come in while getting evicted from one apartment after another for lack of funds. Larry's son needs some stability, so the well-meaning ne'er-do-well takes a job as night watchman at New York City's Museum of Natural History. What the soon-to-retire guards (Dick Van Dyke, Mickey Rooney, Bill Cobbs) don't tell him is that an ancient pharaoh's tablet in the museum causes everything on display to come to life at night. Thus, Larry meets representations of Teddy Roosevelt, Attila the Hun, fire-worshipping cavemen, and Roman Empire soldiers, and learns to cope with an excitable T-Rex and man-eating, ancient animals. The film might have left things at that, but an added story element gives Night at the Museum some extra urgency and excitement, especially for kids: Larry becomes responsible for keeping this nightly miracle going and preventing anything in the museum from dying due to exposure to sunrise. Computer effects, as well as wildly imaginative costumes and makeup, help make the film appeal to the 8-year-old in everyone. Director Shawn Levy (The Pink Panther) works with a hugely talented cast, including Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Ricky Gervais, Carla Gugino, and Steve Coogan. --Tom Keogh

Customer reviews (av rating: 4.0):

Rating: 4:
Exciting and Interesting : A really enjoyable film, comprising a simple story injected with fun and made up of unpredictable events. Worth a watch!

Rating: 5:
At night history comes alive : Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) a dreamer, an entrepreneur and an inventor is in-between income opportunities again. This would o.k. except ex-etux (Kim Raver) is under the impression that he is a drifter and a negative influence on their son. Realizing she may be right it is off to serfdom. After a frantic one day search he lands a position as a night guard at the museum. He is handed instructions and told not to let anything in "or out."

Getting to the point takes some time in this movie but it is necessary as we are watching a balance between a serious parent child exchange and an almost, o.k. a slapstick quasi animated movie. It is difficult to rate the movie with any meaning as you have to be predisposed to Ben Stiller type of humor or it will be just down right dumb and dull formula. However for those that are predisposed this is one of his best and mostly improved performances.

The supporting cast and adds greatly to the fun. Who would ever in a million years expect that maniacal smirk on Dick Van Dyke's face? The monkey was in great form and had a good sense of aim. Robin Williams that usually ruins a film with over acting was subdued enough to let his wax character take front stage.

Everyone went out of the way to make sure the actors and one-liners took precedence over the back-drop and sets, however you do not need HD formatted DVD's to appreciate that you never once think they are props. However a 1080 display helps.

For me one of the highlight is finding out the nature of the Treasures Rex and the scene with his dyno toe on the water fountain.

Rating: 3:
An O.K movie, but overall a missed opportunity. : I had very high expectations for this movie, but when the credits rolled, there was a very empty feeling in the pit of my stomach. When we all came out of the cinema, all my friends were talking about how fantastic it was (because they'd had a few drinks before maybe?) but for me, it just didn't push the right button.

Ben Stiller plays the (just about) convincing roll of a struggling man who desperately needs to get a job, to impress his young son. He takes the first opportunity that comes: 'night watch' at the local museum, and as it says, 'Everything comes alive!' The plot comes to a loodicris conclusion that the animals come alive every night because of an Ancient Egyption tablet. It starts to get a bit silly and chaotic when the 'sacred' tablet is stolen.

What could have been a wonderful twisted masterpiece, quickly results in a dumb, Hollywood 'special effects' movie which should have been so much more. However, I can reason with the people who have said it is 'feel good', because it is! (What can you expect, it's only a P.G!) So, in that respect it is a smash!

Avoid, and if you can't just let it melt in and try to enjoy it. 5 OUT OF 10.


Rating: 5:
Fantastic movie for the whole family : I watched this movie on the big screen.I was sceptical at first,but was soon absorbed by the story and special effects.My little boy was enjoying it as well,full of laughs and action.The storey is brilliant and complimented by a fantastic cast.The Title doesnt hold any depth,but dont be fooled.This is a great movie to watch for the whole family.

Rating: 4:
Pleasing : Light hearted fun that left me laughing at the jokes. There were some the kids in the cinema didn't get and some that they would so all in all a funny, well thought up, good special effects movie.

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