131. Night At the Museum(2006) **1/2
When this movie came out last year I really wanted to see it because Steve Coogan is in it! and I love Steve Coogan (he is very high up on my list of favorite Steves. And that is a real list). And Dick Van Dyke. Those two pretty much sold me. Oh, and that there was a dinosaur that comes to life. That about cinched it. The deal breaker? Yes, it was Robin Williams. So I never saw it in the theater.
Steve(not Coogan) and I watched it last night on DVD. In fact, it just occurred to me that we watched it on Blu-Ray. But let's not get into that now. I liked this movie, but it was for kids. It had some funny jokes, Ricky Gervais got a few good lines, but the whole being a hero for his son again story line was a bit of a yawn. The character of the son was too precocious (yuck) and the Mickey Rooney character was ... I'm at a loss for words when it comes to Mickey Rooney. However, the dinosaur did not disappoint.
So, this movie is for people who love Steve Coogan, dinosaurs, and Dick Van Dyke, or people who have children who want to watch a watered down version of a Ben Stiller/Owen Wilson comedy. If you do see this movie, do not miss Dick Van Dyke dancing in the closing credits. I think I seriously swooned.
PS - What gave this movie that extra half star was the opening scene. I am almost one hundred percent sure that this is the first movie I've ever seen with such a prominently featured denver boot. And in the very first scene! And I am definitely sure that I have never seen anyone try to kick a denver boot off their car. (I have a sort of sick fascination with denver boots. Sorry.)