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Soundtrack review: Night at the museum (Alan Silvestri – 2006)

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Soundtrack review: Night at the museum (Alan Silvestri – 2006)


“Night at the museum” is a fun franchise about the American Museum of Natural History’s exhibits coming alive at night. I enjoyed the first two movies and I’ll probably watch the third one as well.
I will miss Robin Williams’ presence and heart from the movie…

Alan Silvestri must have had a lot of fun watching the story and writing this score. He put a lot of heart in it and understood exactly what this movie needed. The on screen magic fits with the off screen magic. The comedic cues are wonderful while the emotional ones are tender and easy to understand. “Teddy likes Sacagawea”, for example, simply warms my heart. “Tablet’s gone” reminds me of his score for “The mummy returns”.
The action cues are beautiful and sweeping orchestral pieces that don’t hold back.
This score is orchestral fun from beginning to end and tells a story on its own. It’s a rollercoaster, an adventure I didn’t expect to enjoy so much. Alan Silvestri really lets himself fly at the end: ”Big Fan” and “Heroes return” turn into two intense and epic minutes as if from nowhere.

It’s not a score I will listen to often, it’s one of those “in the moment” scores that I enjoy very much when I listen to, but don’t feel the need to come back to them unprovoked. It has its own special place and if I stumble upon the movie again I will replay it scene for scene…

Cue rating: 70 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 23 / 53

Album excellence: 43%



Night At the Museum

Civil War Soldiers

Meet Dexter

Teddy Likes Sacagawea

Tablet Gone

Theodore Roosevelt At Your Service

This Is Your Moment

Rally the Troops

Big Fan

Heroes Return

Full House

Mihnea Manduteanu

I have been listening to film music for 25 years and writing about it since 2014. I've written over 1000 reviews and I can't imagine myself doing anything else. I am also a member of IFMCA (International Film Music Critics Association).

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