20th Century Fox (Shawn Levy, Chris Columbus & Michael
W: Robert Ben Garant & Thomas Lennon
DP: Guillermo Navarro
Ed: Don Zimmerman
Mus: Alan Silvestri
Ben Stiller (Larry Daley), Carla Gugino (Rebecca Hutman), Dick
Van Dyke (Cecil Fredericks), Mickey Rooney (Gus), Bill Cobbs (Reginald), Jake Cherry (Nick Daley), Ricky Gervais (Dr. McPhee), Robin Williams (Theodore Roosevelt), Steve Coogan (Octavius), Owen
Larry (Ben Stiller) is the new nightwatchman at New York's
Museum of Natural History, where, unknown to the outside world, the exhibits come to life after sundown.
Larry, completely out his depth as he struggles to maintain
calm, has no idea that he's been hired to be pinned as a fall guy by a trio of retiring security guards who plan to use the chaos as a smokescreen while they steal previous
Larry, with the help of the living waxwork of Teddy Roosevelt
(Robin Williams), a pocket-sized cowboy (Owen Wilson), and his miniature Roman nemesis, Octavius (Steve Coogan) all plan a way to stop the thieves and save the struggling museum.
Good fun for a family movie, where the chaos starts early on
with a skeletal T-Rex chase and only gets more crazy. All the performances are outshone by the excellent visual effects, which is a good thing, since some of the acting is absolutely terrible
and/or shamefully miscast (Ricky Gervais).
Some sequels followed, though not quite as good as this