Anyone who has been to the Museum of Natural History in NYC (or honestly any other similar museum) has imagined it. What would it be like if all the figures came to life?
Night at the Museum answers that question. It’s a child’s dream come true and the perfect idea for a movie. Throw in a great cast that includes Dick Van Dyke, Mickey Rooney and Bill Cobbs as retiring security guards and Ricky Gervais as a verbally challenged museum manager and you get an entertaining night. Seeing all the chaos of the museum come to life is a treat for the child in any of us.
Sure, Night at the Museum is a big Hollywood cliché and there is little history to actually be learned. The performances are nothing great and most of the jokes are groaners. There is also a silly father/son plot that is down right pandering. Still, just seeing the museum come alive was worth seeing it on the big screen.
Night at the Museum is mindless fluff but it’s fun fluff. I know I pictured such a scene when I went through the museum and the next time I am there I will imagine it again. Taking your kids to this won’t teach them anything but maybe you can use it as a jumping off point to open their minds to history… and if not you can still have a great deal of fun.