So, I took a break from books this weekend and watched a movie (or two) instead. I couldn't tell you why I choose Night at the Museum, because I had the feeling that it had been one of those that was overhyped and would be disappointing. Well, that isn't the case. Granted it wasn't the best movie ever, but it wasn't as bad as I was expecting. Actually it was really quite interesting. White Noise, on the other hand, is a different matter entirely.

Seriously, when you walk away from a movie and the biggest problem you have is wondering how that whale could live out of water - I'd say the movie folks done pretty good.

Naturally, there are a few other things, but I didn't really notice them first time around. But, for example, Teddy knows that he is a wax figure, but others (not counting the Neanderthals) like Sakagewea don't seem to realize they aren't real. Of course, you could kinda/sorta fan-wank it in Sakageweas case - she's been locked in a glass cage for fifty years, and wouldn't have done any exploring. Though since Teddy knows where he was created, this wank doesn't hold firmly.

They also messed up pretty badly with the monkey. The monkey is supposed to be loving and good-natured, but (not counting the key stealing, which is legit monkey fun) Dextor biting and pissing on Larry was over the top. Funny, but over the top considering the personality they were saying was natural to the monkey.

Eating and waste is another problem - this one had an assist while I was watching to be fair. My dog decided to outside and naturally I got to thinking about all those animals. Not only do they not really have anything to eat (other than the other exhibits, which they don't actually eat) they don't seem (other than the monkey) to elimate either. Seriously, realistically the night guard would not be able to afford the cost of feeding the people and animals, AND it would be impossible to clean up after them in the mornings before others started showing up.

That leads into another problem - the sheer distruction which takes place while everyone is wakey-wakey. The tyrannosaurus rex, even when being friendly and playful is still shown to be very distructive and he's not the only one tearing things up. But... But... But by morning everything is always like new again, except on that fateful third morning.

I know, I know - you are yelling at me that this is fiction and I just really need to let it go. Listen, I'm not saying these things grossly bugged me, but they are things that become problematic on repeated viewings. So while the movie is actually pretty good, it doesn't hold up well on repeated viewings.

One thing that did bug me in all viewings, but isn't exactly a goof - was the keeping Ahkmenrah locked in his "coffin" - I can kinda understand that they would hesitate when it came to letting him out, but it just ultimately seems cruel. Everything is coming to life at night and has been every night for over fifty years - so clearly Ahkmenrah is coming to life as well. And maybe this just bugged me because at one point he really was a human, not a figure made of wax.

But even other "fakes" such as Teddy don't care. I guess this would have just worked better if there had been a warning that Ahkmenrah was a cruel leader or something. Of course, that would have caused a flaw later when he was very nice and helpful, but you could have at least blamed that one on a history glitch rather than character cruelity.

And now for something more positive - I love (really love) the directors commentary. NOW that is how all commentaries should be. This man did not sit in silence, no he filled pretty much the entire track with comments. Me liked that!

On the other hand, I couldn't get through the commentary with the writers - they seemed more interested in watching the movie rather than doing actual commentary.
Well, and pretty much insulting everyone who tried to listen to their commentary. I watch commentaries because I want to know more about the process - not because I am too stupid to work my remote control. I think they were trying to be funny, but I can't be sure because their voices didn't have that amusing lilt that usually comes with teasing.

Before watching Night at the Museum I watched White Noise. It was alright, but the movie moved WAY TOO slow to me. Honestly, we'd have an action sequence and then spend fifteen/twenty minutes watching fuzzy television screens. WOW! How terribly exciting! NOT! Also, when the story did finally decide to move half the time I had some trouble following the story. Though that could have been by design since our hero was having some trouble, but it still takes away from the movie when the viewer is confused.

Note that by the end I understood, probably just like everyone else who watched the movie, but I think it was a mistake to keep so many things confusing until the very end. *sigh* If we, the audience, had been more aware of what the characters needed to figure out then we could have (at least) laughed at the characters for being so slow - as it was there were times when I wondered if watching paint dry might be a teensy bit more exciting than this movie.

Needless to say it wasn't a movie I watched again to see if any more flaws announced themselves.

I'll sum it up this way - the plot of White Noise was better than the plot of Cursed, but the characters weren't as engaging as the Cursed characters were.