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Night at the Museum (2006)

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Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director Shawn Levy Rating:6.8/10 (6 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by The Cubist on June 13th, 2007:Find all reviews by The Cubist
He says that ten years ago, the studio bought the rights to the book only for it to languish in development hell until recently. He points out that the opening credits were inspired by the ones in David Fincherís Panic Room. He praises Ben Stillerís talents and touches upon casting actors to play against him. Levy also talks at length about grounding the film in characters with their motivations to contrast the surreal museum stuff. Levy speaks knowledgeably about various aspects of the film.
Reviewed by Hungry Baz on February 15th, 2013:Find all reviews by Hungry Baz
Shawn's commentaries are always fun to listen to. He talks about how he was nervous about doing an effects film and Chris Columbus told him "I didn't know squat when I did Harry Potter." He mentions a lot about "Ben Stiller comedy" and working with Dick Van Dyke, Mickey Rooney and Robin Williams.

He points out a Tom Cruise reference and says he and Ben are Tom Cruise fans. Ben later cast Tom in Tropic Thunder.
Reviewed by LemonadeAndFudge on June 26th, 2014:Find all reviews by LemonadeAndFudge
Shawn Levy may be the only person on the commentary, but he jam-packs it with lots of information everywhere. I am usually worried about commentaries with only one person in them, but this one was very nice to listen to.

Don't really have a lot to say about this other then it was well done given that it was only him in the room.
Reviewed by Station51 on August 18th, 2016:Find all reviews by Station51
Very good commentary. Shawn is an apologetically enthusiastic, entertaining, type A personality. He has a lot to say about everyone in the film and also gives a lot of credit to all who contributed, including a camera operator suggesting an interesting shot. He talks quite a bit about who added ideas, who improvised and who stuck to the script. His sense of humour helps a bit here and and there's lots of non-stop info. Like the fact that Dick Van Dyke didn't need a stuntman and went running around the museum and bounded effortlessly up the staircase in seconds, at the age of 80. Freakishly youthful is how I believe he described him. Director Shawn does pause telling his stories to point things like this out. It's a lively commentary; just like DVD ( Dick Van Dyke ).
Reviewed by TylerMirage on August 29th, 2016:Find all reviews by TylerMirage
In typical Levy fashion, he packs the runtime with energy, enthusiasm and tons of information ranging from talking about working with the actors, the VFX, the sets, the costumes, the whole gamut.

He even makes a point of addressing (several times) points in the movie where the story logic is admittedly flawed and exists only for convenience (which isn't necessarily a bad thing).

Anyone who's a fan of his work, the movie or commentaries that are informative in general should take a listen.
Commentary 2: Screenwriters Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon Rating:5.1/10 (8 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by The Cubist on June 13th, 2007:Find all reviews by The Cubist
They start off trying to be cut with painfully lame jokes and ruminating about the cost of DVDs (?!). They touch upon how they went about adapting a 20-page childrenís book. Their good-natured bickering tends to get tiresome after awhile. People looking for screen-specific comments should look elsewhere.
Reviewed by pennylane520 on September 5th, 2007:Find all reviews by pennylane520
I have to respectfully disagree with the previous person here. I originally wasn't planning on listening to this whole commentary, it was late and I was too tired. However, I really enjoyed it right off the bat and ended up listening to it all that night. I found this commentary to be hilarious, I really like these guys and think they did a good job. I don't think they took it too seriously (recording the commentary, not writing the film), but it's fun just the same.
Reviewed by Hungry Baz on February 15th, 2013:Find all reviews by Hungry Baz
Terrible jokey commentary. They spent a lot of time talking about Ben Stiller's jackets. I only watched this track for 45 minutes and then I gave up. Hopeless.
Reviewed by LemonadeAndFudge on June 26th, 2014:Find all reviews by LemonadeAndFudge
While not as good as Levy's commentary, Lennon and Garant, while not necessarily talking about the behind-the-scenes aspects of the feature, still have a lot of fun talking about just other stuff in the film.

I actually didn't mind this commentary. I can see how someone can be turned off by it, but I still liked it.
Reviewed by TylerMirage on August 29th, 2016:Find all reviews by TylerMirage
Not the greatest commentary, but far from the worst. It's a shame that they didn't try to add more insightful information to their track, but hey, what can you do. Two comedy writers/actors spend two hours riffing with each other and cracking jokes. The kind of commentary you might put on in the background while you do something else.