|Yes because a European understands you....|
This is a big hole in its story. But there a number of other issues as well. First, the back-story to Mr. Daley is very cliched. Larry is just another recycled character that has been used before. A down on his luck person finds something that changes his life forever. It is really overused. Second is communication. When Larry begins to realize about the museum's secret, several characters that do not speak the same language confront him. So how is it that later on they are able to understand him clearly if he or they still didn't learn the other person's language? The continuity is all over the place specifically with that. Last is comedy. It's not that it doesn't work but there are times where what Stiller considers being funny, comes off more obnoxious than comical. This pretty much comes down to Stiller just being clueless in a lot of scenes. That is until he learns how to try and handle the work he's given. That's when he becomes funny.
In spite of that, what really sells this movie are the other various celebrity appearances. The old crew of guards are one. Then there's Brad Garrett who voices an Easter island head. More importantly viewers will enjoy Owen Wilson's uncredited appearance as Jedediah who constantly bashes heads with Roman emperor Octavius (Steve Coogan). Both of these two are funny especially when they are doing human related tasks because of their literal height challenge. Finally is Teddy Roosevelt played by the ever popular and manic actor, Robin Williams. Williams unfortunately does not go all out but there are tidbits of his humor that we all know and love. It was smart of the casting department to grab a hold of him. And with all these actors, their special effects counterparts do blend in nicely. Nothing looks dated after all this time, which is good.
|Break it down guys!|
Looking at its story and plot, it's a largely standard family affair. It will entertain but it's the good special effects, music and character placement of various popular actors that help make it above mediocre.
Points Earned --> 6:10