It's a cloudy, dreary Saturday afternoon. Good weather for an inside sport and it just so happens that I excel at one inside sport: movie going. I could have gone to "Freedom Writers" starring Hilary Skank, but I needed some laughter in my life so I went to this movie starring Ben Stiller and directed by one of the new Spielberg might-bees Shawn Levy. Levy is one of those that graduated from Yale at age 20 and became an accomplished actor, writer, director, and producer which means he has the brains and the bucks to make it happen. I plan to pay attention to his career.
Stiller plays Larry Daley who takes a job as a night shift security guard at a New York museum. I don't know why the name "Larry" was chosen as the name of this hapless, unemployed divorcee as there is nothing funny about the name "Larry." Just kidding; we all know that folks named Larry are funny and good looking.
This museum has a slight twist. Each night all of the historical characters on display from Teddy Roosevelt (Robin Williams) to a cowboy named Jedidiah (Owen Wilson) to Attila the Hun and a variety of animals come alive. And I mean "alive" as in-character: flinging arrows, building fires, shootin' and riding horses. And two of the great actors of all time co-star: Dick Van Dyke and Mickey Rooney who has been dead for 20 years.
If you want a light-hearted feel-good movie, then this is the one for you. The crowd ranged from the old to infants sitting in momma's lap. Levy should make a ton of money. I went to this movie immediately after eating a big lunch with Monique and Eric H. so I was not hungry upon arrival. But not to be short changed, I bought my popcorn, Mr. Pibb, and milk duds "to go" and ate them on the way home. Rock 'n Roll.