History Comes to Life

Night at the Museum brings history to life… literally! As it turns out, Night at the Museum is the first movie I went to see after my longest theater going drought ever. I usually see movies all year round, but 2006 was surprisingly scarce. I remember when Night at the Museum came out. It was part of three trailers that premiered on Nickelodeon. Deck the Halls, Eragon, and of course Night at the Museum. The latter being the only one I wanted to go see. It was also the only movie I ever saw on Christmas Day. I was drawn to the concept because of all the museums I went to and my knowledge of historical figures.

Ben Stiller plays newly appointed night guard Larry Daley. An ordinary guy thrust into the extraordinary world of a museum that comes to life every night. He was hired by three elderly guards played by legends Dick Van Dyke, Bill Cobbs, and Mickey Rooney. The American Museum of Natural History contains the skeleton of a T-Rex, stuffed animals (including a particularly rambunctious monkey named Dexter), waxed figures, miniatures, statues, and an Easter Island head. Of course the concept can be played for laughs. Which is why the cast is made up of comedians. Like Owen Wilson, Steve Coogan, Ricky Gervais, or Robin Williams.

Robin Williams is surprisingly perfect for President Theodore Roosevelt. Although Mickey Rooney gets the funniest lines. Other important historical figures include Sacagawea, Attila the Hun, and Christopher Columbus. Night one is pure chaos, night two goes well until something goes wrong, and night three is where the conflict comes in. All because of an ancient egyptian tablet. Night at the Museum is a historical lesson in fun.

1. NATM

Larry runs from Rexy

Followed by: Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

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