Night at the Museum (2006)

Reviewed
Sat. 1/20/18
Night at the Museum (2006)
3.0833333333333
Acting
3.5
3.5/5
Morality
4
4/5
Music
3
3/5
Story
3.5
3.5/5
Visuals
3
3/5
Kernel Factor
1.5
1.5/5
Creative...but a one-time watch.
Reviewed By: Steven Siwek
Viewing Environment:
DVD or Streaming >27in
Viewing Crew:
Family
Times Watched:
2
Genre:
Action
Payment Method:
Free/Screening
Review:

I first watched Night at the Museum back when it was released in 2006 in theaters, but I haven't seen it since. I think this story is so imaginative and fun. It's a great one-time watch, but not something I need to see again, nor is it something that I feel the need to finish the rest of the triology (which I haven't seen). I didn't realize how much Shawn Levy (Director) influenced my teenage entertainment years. He directed Big Fat Liar (2002), Just Married (2003), Cheaper by the Dozen (2003), Pink Panther (2006), and Night at the Museum - all of which I saw in theaters back in the day...you're welcome, Shawn. But I digress, Night at the Museum is a fun movie, but it hits a moment about 2/3 of the way through where it gets majorly silly and it loses me. 

Acting
I really liked everyone who was cast in this film. Ben Stiller is a great lead, and he can easily make me laugh. Some of the Museum characters are creative but there's a fine line between creative and bizarre, and they do cross that line. The old security guard were super clutch at first, but then by the end of the movie I was like "why?" - they blow the movie for me.
Morality
There's a bunch of fighting, which is purposeless and all part of the movie's silliness. Larry (played by Ben Stiller) is on a mission to make his son proud, and it's an admirable thing to watch, especially because I felt empathetic for him given his job struggles. 
Music
It feels very nostalgic and moving throughout the film, but it doesn't always work for the film. But overall, it's good.
Story
This story is so creative, but it's nearly ruined by the final act. So much silly, chaos, and just weirdness converge as the film closes out. I wish the "climatic problem" would've been different, but I give them major props for just going for it. It's like they (producers/writers) didn't care what people would think, they knew Stiller and his comedic crew could pull it off, and it almost worked.
Visuals
I love the opening credit sequence! It sets the stage so well - future/aspiring filmmakers, check out the opening credits! As the story progresses the visuals seem to get worse: the green screens, CGI animals, and quick shots just aren't pristine. The monkey is sometimes funny, but you can tell they really tried to get him in the film as much as possible, which is sometimes distracting from the story and part of the silliness problem I have with the film.
Kernel Factor
I've already said it, but I just really don't like the movie's problem that unravels in the third act. It's not that compelling and it only adds to the silliness of the film, not in a good way. Change that final act, and you've got a way more interesting film for me. 

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