Friday, February 2, 2007

Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Robin Williams, Steve Coogan, Mickey Rooney, Dick Van Dyke, Carlo Gugino, Ricky Gervais

Cinema 3, SM Megamall

"Everything comes to life"

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After watching a bunch of 'profound' movies, I decided to chill and relax with an entertaining comedy on a cool Friday afternoon. This movie fits the bill. It had the potential to entertain through an ensemble of historical characters, funny lines in a light comedic scenario and all taking place in just one setting, the Museum of Natural History.

Larry Daly (Ben Stiller) is a divorced father, always in between jobs and trying to redeem himself in the eyes of his son. One day he is hired as a night security guard at the Museum of Natural History. Little does he know that at night, the wax inhabitants as well as the animals at the museum come to life due to an ancient Egyptian tablet. Total ruckus ensues every night as Larry tries to maintain order.

The film provides some valuable history lessons. Tidbits of information about the many personages at the museum ranging from the Neanderthal man to Theodore Roosevelt. As well as a whole bunch of different characters like Native Americans, Western Cowboys, Roman centurions, Civil War soldiers, Attila the Hun and even a Pharaoh thrown in to provide a tapestry of visually animated cinematic feast.

The cast is peppered with known comedians like Ricky Gervais (in a small role), Owen Wilson, Robin Williams and Steve Coogan acting out some funny scenarios. Watch out for older comedians like Mickey Rooney and Dick Van Dyke still hamming it up at their age with aplomb. Ben Stiller is in another one of his typical 'underdog' roles. The guy who eventually triumphs, gets the girl (Carlo Gugino) and gives his life more purpose. The special effects were top notch like the T-Rex who acts like a puppy, the talking Easter Island Head as well as the animated miniature characters in the different diaspora. The talking Easter Island Head was my favorite. He was hilarious. The plot is pretty flimsy but tolerable. A good vehicle to make the younger generation more aware of certain figures and their role in history.

Overall, it was an entertaining comedy which appeals to your inner child. It almost makes you feel like heading over to the museum to get yourself some dose of history.

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