Night at the Museum (2006)
USA / English
"Everything comes to life. "A newly recruited night security guard at the Museum of Natural History discovers that an ancient curse causes the animals and exhibits on display to come to life and wreak havoc.
As good a family film as you'll find this holiday
Slightly overlong - and lacking the perhaps obligatory love interest -
this is as good a film as any parent will be able to excite their kids
with this holiday period - well certainly in the UK. The film has huge
plot holes and probably hundreds of continuity errors but rampaging
dinosaurs, goodish CGI and another athletic comic turn from Ben
Stiller, together with the gorgeous Carla Gugino make this near perfect
Xmas cinematic fair.
The Museum of Natural History is suffering a downturn in visitor
numbers and has to make cutbacks by way of night security men. Step up
Larry Daly (Stiller) in an attempt to retain his home and convince ex
wife that he is a role model for their impressionable son. The film's
premise that the various waxwork and skeleton inhabitants come to life
at night due to the presence of a magical Egyptian golden tablet placed
50 years before is, of course, to suspend disbelief beyond anything
else you'll be expected to this year - but anyone at a loss for an
excuse to get the kids out of the house over the Christmas period could
do a lot worse than spend just under a couple of hours at the multiplex
to see what is a cross between Jumanji and the Indian in the Cupboard.
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