June 14th: Unnatural History

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126. Night at the Museum (Shawn Levy, 2006)

It would be really easy to lay into a film whose sights are set so low, this is some really basic family blockbuster fare. Ben Stiller is the new night watchman at the New York Museum where, late at night due to a magical Egyptian tablet, all the installations come to life. Cue hijinks. There are a couple of fairly paltry subplots but that’s the long and short of it. The effects are solid and the script is pretty functional, giving Stiller a chance to gurn and ham to his hearts content. What I really like about this is that because of the ‘family fun’ demographic and this being a pretty successful piece of entertainment there is some small chance that it might encourage people to visit a museum with their kids. As far as I’m concerned that’s a pretty decent message to be sending out.

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