Same Shift, Different Night. - Love the tagline!
Disney's got some good things going on again.
I'd heard the business was in a risky state of being lately. Finances not great see. But with movies like this it seems they still have a gold on the mainstream. Still a golden a taste see.
This was great. Adventurous, fun, with an animated style that feels both expressive and comical in nature - but in a good way. Everyone's eyes are round and open and innocent to the world in a way. Only the bad guys have a bit more slanted ones. or are there exceptions...? Not sure, but the protagonist do have lively eyes. It's a nice style.
The story follows Nick - son of the previous watchman in a magic museum where the statues and exhibits come to life at night - who's dealing with certain issues of confidence, but gets the chance to take over his dad's job for the summer, and of course the first night turns into a grand adventure! a potentially end-of-the-world type one, but... well I shan't spoil it. Go watch it.
It's both feelgood and exciting, with a suitable villain and sidekick - they're nefarious in a cartoonish kind of way, and definitely add to the excitement, but without making anything feel overly violent and dark.
The Night At The Museum movies all have that effect really. They reel you in. They're adventurous and imaginative, and the very idea of exhibits coming to life as soon as you're not watching them, like they were frozen in time only for a moment... it's a nice one. It breathes life in your imagination too.
Good fun. It's a little simple and predictable sometimes, but I don't mind. They've paced it well, and the cast is one masterful weave of varied but noble individuals gathered through the ages.
I was expecting a live-action movie here btw, and was originally a little disappointed it was animated but... it doesn't disappoint AT ALL after all.
rated 4.5/5: almost awesome