3.5 out of 5 stars
Craig Reynolds wrote:
We just saw "Night at the Museum" and it is really fun. Its a "for the family" movie with something for everyone. Since you sometimes review family films I thought I would urge you to see this one.
Craig was too late! We'd already seen it, and we loved it. From the previews, I was expecting a hollow CGI fest. I know some people will view it that way even after seeing it, and will consider the "dad needs to prove himself to his son" plot to be thin gruel. But as a dad, I liked it, my 20-something daughters liked it, and a crowded theater full of elementary and middle school students in Orinda loved it. It is so lovely to see both Mickey Rooney and Dick Van Dyke working again, and Robin Williams redeems a series of recent bad choices by looking good in this film. Actually, I was intrigued that the previews changed right around the time the film was released, to advertise the actual plot dilemma of the dad (Ben Stiller). Market research? Common sense? Hollywood being Hollywood, it was probably just dumb luck; even a blind pig sometimes finds truffles.