Museums, where history comes to life!
Inventor Larry (Ben Stiller) just needs a bit of luck. Divorced and desperate to stay in contact with his son, rejected/sacked from so many jobs the employment agency can’t find him anything, he’s forced to try for a job that everyone else who’s been interviewed for has been rejected for.
Night watchman at the museum.
But he gets the job.
However, when the retiring guards (Dick Van Dyke, Mickey Rooney, Bill Cobbs) give him a very peculiar instruction manual, Larry isn’t as attentive as he should be.
Later,as the sun sets and his first shift begins, Larry discovers all the exhibitions spring to life.
Rex the dinosaur is the least of his troubles as lions, cavemen, the Holy Roman Empire and one very mischievous monkey all conspire to make the new guards life hell.
Then – things just get worse…
Wonderful slapstick comedy as well as more thought through pieces that makes you feel for all the characters. The special effect are obviously what make this movie the success it is but the acting is superb. The exception is Ricky Gervais who very nearly ruins the film. Luckily he is off screen enough to be ignored. Steve Coogan‘s Centurion however is wonderfully played against Owen Wilson‘s cowboy.
Things to look out for: loads of special effects magic, living dinosaur skeleton, miniature cowboys, Incas and Soldiers, that darn monkey, beautifully funny turns by the three greats (Dick Van Dyke, Mickey Rooney, Bill Cobbs), the Clicker, Robin Williams is superb, playing with fire, ‘gum-gum’, ‘unleash hell’
Cast: Ben Stiller, Carla Gugino, Dick Van Dyke, Mickey Rooney, Bill Cobbs, Steve Coogan, Owen Wilson
Rating: beautifully rendered fantasy, all the varied exhibits you find in a museum brought to life, very funny stuff, highly recommended