Thus, Night at the Museum (2006) shows many layers of bravery within multiple characters. Let’s explore.
Now talking about having courage, I would not be able to wander through a museum with statues and keep my cool. Just a bit “spooky”. Larry (Ben Stiller) handles himself as well as can be expected when he meets a giant, walking T-Rex skeleton and violent Huns. Screaming, running, and hiding are totally appropriate.
The miniature scenes are populated by brave characters who set their goals high. For even a thousand tiny men to face a full sized person, they set their bar high, no pun intended.
Although a name like Theodore Roosevelt holds a lot of prestige, the character Teddy Roosevelt (Robin Williams) holds his fear and intimidation with him. He doesn’t want to speak to Sacajawea (Mizuo Peck) for fear of rejection. He’s “not even brave enough to tell a beautiful woman he loves her”.
After educating himself and getting creative, Larry begins to really take control of the museum. He exhibits confidence and bravery when facing a second night of insanity. He uses tricks and historical facts to survive the night.
The old night guards are acting more cocky than brave. They feel the power of the tablet and think they can do whatever they want, despite Larry.
Nicky (Jake Cherry) acts pretty brave himself when he takes off with the tablet. He is not “made of wax” and neither is his dad.
Larry finally “deals with [the Hans]” and faces their aggression. He finally gets Attila the Hun (Patrick Gallagher) to face his inner struggle. It takes a lot of courage to get a grown man to face his inner emotions and let them out with tears.
Where does true bravery lie? Is it facing your desires externally or your conflicts internally? Is it being made out of wax or something sturdier? You decide!
Some tropes and idioms for your nerding pleasure!
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As previously stated, Robin Williams, you will be eternally missed.
Come back next Thursday for some more kid movie fun!