What a fun movie this was! I watched the third before the first two, but I'm making up for that now, and the first two really were something else. It's where it all started. Where everyone in the museum first found their place, and though the plot itself is (at least in this one movie) all very tied to one particular piece of architecture, it's like a whole new world within it.
The element of surprise makes it a story richer than the sequels, too. It's family friendly fun. Ben Stiller's in crazy but harmless mode, and as expressive as ever.
The other characters have character too. The director plays with perspectives, relations, and bits and pieces of history within this one madhouse they call museum.
For those of you who haven't heard of the movie: it's about
a newly recruited night security guard at the Museum of Natural History, [who] discovers that an ancient curse causes the animals and exhibits on display to come to life and wreak havoc. But it's about more than that. It's about uniting a diverse group of characters, saving the museum, saving a marriage... sort of, and committing to something in life.
Plenty of morals mixed in with the entertainment, even if some may be social constructs we shouldn't keep enforcing. Great watch.
rated 4/5: fo shizzle