Time for another movie review! My family had the opportunity to go see A Night at the Museum starring Ben Stiller this past weekend. This movie had been highly recommended to us by one friend and received a marginal recommendation from another, so we thought we would decide for ourselves.
The movie is based on Ben Stiller's character, a divorcee with a young son and an unimpressive resume. He finally secures a job at the museum as the night guard in an attempt to maintain stable employment and thus stable housing. As you have probably seen from the trailers, the exhibits come to life making the night watchman job just a little more difficult.
We enjoyed the movie for a number of reasons:
- It is filled with lots of interesting history tidbits presented in a way that is entertaining to kids. No, they don't go into great detail about Easter Island or Teddy Roosevelt's presidency, but it opens up wonderful topics for discussion afterward.
- No movie would be complete without a message. The message here? That we all have greatness within and to stick with something once you start. I really like those messages :)
- There is one scene that used a phrase that was suggestive (which would pass right over the heads of most kids). Other than that, there was no other inappropriate content which is always a bonus (isn't it a shame that I even have to discuss inappropriate content in a family movie!).
- There were some fight scenes, but nothing over the top or offensive. Most involved a monkey...
The kids absolutely loved the movie. My husband, an avid history buff, found it quite enjoyable as did I. On a scale of 1 to 5 (with one being horrible), I would give it a 4. It was good enough that it we will purchase it when it comes out on DVD. Happy movie watching!