ISSN: 1391 - 0531
Sunday, May 06, 2007
Vol. 41 - No 49
TV Times  

A Night at the Museum in Colombo

The hallowed halls of the Natural History Museum are lined with the most amazing things - wild-eyed prehistoric creatures, fierce ancient warriors, long lost tribes, African animals and history's legendary heroes - all frozen forever in time.

The action adventure comedy 'Night at the Museum' the whole family entertainment would be the latest hit released from May 11 in the Majestic cinema Colombo.

Directed by 'Just Married', 'Cheaper by the Dozen' and 'The Pink Panther' famed filmmker Shawn Levy the fantastical adventure kicks off when Larry Daley (BEN STILLER), a down-and-out dreamer whose imaginative ideas have never paid off, finds himself in desperate need of a job. Larry has always believed he was destined for big things. But he has no idea just how literally gargantuan and hairy a challenge he will face when he grudgingly accepts the supposedly menial graveyard shift as a security guard at the Natural History Museum. On his very first night on the job, Larry is handed an over-sized flashlight and a dog-eared instruction manual, then left all alone in the eerily quiet, cavernous museum, At least, he thinks he's alone.

But wait, what's that noise? To his utter astonishment and disbelief, Larry watches in shock and awe as, one by one, the primeval beasts and storied icons that surround him stir magically to life - and total havoc ensues. Now, as Tyrannosaurus Rex and Attila.

The Hun carve a swath of destruction through the marble corridors, and lions and monkeys prowl the fragile exhibits, Larry is at a loss as to how to get the museum back under control. At his wit's end, Larry must recruit the help of historical heavyweight Teddy Roosevelt (ROBIN WILLIAMS) just to survive the night. Facing the possibility of losing his job and letting down his son Nick yet again, Larry must wage an incredible battle to save the museum, hoping to become at last the bold, adventurous dad he's always wanted to be. The man who's been forever waiting for his moment of greatness -just found it.

Along the way, the scriptwriters Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant refused to limit their writing in any way. "We didn't even think about if we were writing for kids or for adults - all we cared about was writing a fun, action packed movie that everyone would love," sums up Lennon.

Screenwriters Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant could barely contain themselves. "We literally leapt from our seats," says Lennon. "I mean, we're both from New York and we basically spent our boyhoods roaming the Natural History Museum. We could draw you a map from memory, that's how much we loved spending time there, It was simply the coolest place on earth."

As they wrote, the core of the story became the character of Larry Daley, who developed into an inveterate dreamer and schemer, unable to get even one of his endless slate of overly ambitious projects off the ground. More importantly, Larry is also a wanna-be stellar dad who takes the night guard job in the hopes of never disappointing his son again.

In the action-adventure-comedy, Night at the Museum, the brand new night guard at the Natural History Museum is about to discover that when the visitors go home at the end of the day, the real adventure begins-as the museum's stuffed, waxed and well-preserved residents come out to play.

The results especially excited Shawn Levy, the director who has been behind some of the last decade's biggest comedy hits, yet who, ironically, had been looking for a quieter" film when he was offered the opportunity to take the helm of Night at the Museum. The screenplay soon convinced him otherwise. "To me, what was so exciting was the story's blend of heart, humour and spectacle all in one big adventure," he says.

"The film, first and foremost, tells a great story, but with a level of visual spectacle that goes way beyond what you'd expect from a typical comedy and way more than any comedy I've ever done." The film stars Ben Stiller, Carla Gugino, Dick Van Dyke, Robin Williams, and others in the stellar cast.

Released by Fox the film was released December, 2006. Night At the Museum is locally released by CEL circuit.

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