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Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (DVD, 2009)

Shawn Levy, Ben Stiller, Amy Adams | Theatrical release: 2009 | Rating: PG (MPAA)
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Shawn Levy (CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN, JUST MARRIED) directs the sequel of his hit film NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM. Night guard Larry Daley (Ben Stiller), now a successful entrepreneur, returns to the Museum of Natural History to visit his friends--the exhibits that come to life at night--only to learn that they are being shipped off into deep storage at the Smithsonian Institution. To make matters worse, the exhibits at the Smithsonian, including the pharaoh Kahmunrah (Hank Azaria), are suddenly coming to life--and they aren’t at all happy about their new visitors. Determined to save his friends, Larry rushes to Washington, D.C., and makes his way into the inner workings of the largest museum complex in the world while Kahmunrah recruits the likes of Ivan the Terrible (Christopher Guest), Napoleon (Alain Chabat), and Al Capone (Jon Bernthal). Larry, meanwhile, finds himself with spunky Amelia Earhart (Amy Adams) as a co-conspirator and love interest, and General Custer (Bill Hader) leading the battle for the Smithsonian.The stakes are higher in this sequel, where even the paintings on the Smithsonian walls come to life at night. Stiller is his capable deadpan self as the now-successful Larry who finds purpose again while helping his friends, and Adams is spot-on as feisty, adventure-seeking Earhart, complete with period lingo. Azaria is a scene-stealer as Kahmunrah, who is menacing despite his lisp. Owen Wilson, Steve Coogan, Robin Williams, and Ricky Gervais also reprise their roles in this sequel, which is the first film to be shot at the Smithsonian.

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  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Rating: PG (MPAA)
  • Film Country: USA
  • UPC: 024543625889

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Genre:Comedies
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"[W]ith inspired effects sequences and amusing riffs by the talented cast, especially new arrivals Hank Azaria...and pistol Amy Adams, who makes for a particularly spirited Amelia Earhart."
Hollywood Reporter - Michael Rechtshaffen (05/20/2009)

3 stars out of 5 -- "[A] wholesome, winsome action/comedy....The film is at its strongest when it honors tradition and embraces new personalities."
Box Office - Sara Schieron (05/19/2009)

"[Amy Adams is] in excellent form as superwoman Earhart....There's a derring-do to her '30s patter laced with words like 'flyboy' adn 'skedaddle' and a style that evokes Katharine Hepburn."
Los Angeles Times - Betsy Sharkey (05/22/2009)

"Mr. Azaria is the master of funny voices, and he does fine work....Ms. Adams, impersonating Earhart as a flame-haired screwball-comedy heroine, is entirely delightful..."
New York Times - A. O. Scott (05/22/2009)

"[I]t's a faster, wittier spin on the formula of its predecessor....It all works because Stiller, with his eager-to-please anxiety and his incredulous double takes, is the perfect addled straight man for a hellzapoppin history show." -- Grade: B+
Entertainment Weekly - Owen Gleiberman (05/29/2009)

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Created: 02/21/10

Stiller Seems To Have Lots of Fun Making This Film!

Review For: Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (DVD, 2009)

The original film worked well with me at one simple level. It woke the inner-child in me and made me feel the magic within history. Larry Daly (Ben Stiller) relives the fantasy once again at the Smithsonian Museum as all the exhibits miraculously come back to life in front of him all over again.

The story is told again in a heart warming way as this grown-up divorced business man once again strives to take control of his life.

The educational value of the first film had much to teach us although not as much in the sequel. In this sequel of Night at the Museum, much of the initial magic is already lost forevermore. We already know the displays are going to come back to life, and the general feeling of suspense is gone. To make things worse, the whole story feels convoluted and unreal. We are expected to believe that Larry has turned from a no-good night guard at the museum in the first film to this mega-successful businessman during the course of only a few years (and after being a virtual nobody for the vast majority of his life). I mean come on, Hollywood! Where did the charming loser from the first film go so quickly? Stiller's Larry is hardly likable at the beginning, and once he learns that his lovable exhibit friends are moving to the Smithsonian Museum (after the Museum of Natural History closed for technological renovation), things start happening so fast, that his motives for leaving his comfortable job to help rescue his friends are unclear, under developed, and a bit unconvincing.

For instance when the couple supposedly enters into the famous WWII picture where the sailor is kissing this girl during a parade, Larry Daly takes his time to push the guy away and takes up the kissing himself, which is totally lame.

The main course of this sequel is of course the special effects created by the two museum's re-animated exhibits, with the evil Egyptian Kamunrah (The Simpson's Hank Azaria) acting as the main villain who operates the evil Smithsonian exhibits who strive for world domination. Some effects are cute (Al Capone's gangsters brought back to life in black and white, the Lincoln Memorial rising from his chair) and many others wind up under developed & underused.

At times, it seems so much is happening on screen, that you don't really know where to focus your attention. Many returning characters from the first film are outrageously underused (including Robin Williams' Teddy Roosevelt and Owen Wilson's Jedediah) and many comedians who are brought specifically for the film contribute blink-and-you-miss-it performances, including Ricky Gervais & Jonah Hill). The only true contribution for the film is the lovely Amy Adams (Enchanted), who portrays a fluffy re-animated Amelia Earhart who seems more lost than ever.

To sum things up, I'd say that Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian may have been cute at times, but it was mostly useless, as it really didn't add any significant notion to the elements presented in its predecessor. The first film felt like an instant classic to me, however, the sequel felt more like a quick money-grab with a lot of missed potential.

I'll give this film average 3/5 marks for its ability to grab and keep your attention at times, but seems to be extremely distracting when the action is intertwined with comedy (especially some of the interaction between the squabbling characters) that makes the film look passe' & bugs bunny slapstick for the most part.

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Created: 12/01/09

A Very Good Sequel

Review For: Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (DVD, 2009)

Ben Stiller returns as Larry Daly, the night guard the the original Night at the Museum.

The story centers on the Museum characters being moved to storage at the Smithsonian in Washington DC along with the tablet that brings all the Museum characters to life. When Larry is contacted by Jedediah Smith (Owen Wilson) he is called upon to save the rest of the characters from Kahmunrah (Hank Azaria) Ahkmenrah older brother, who is determined to use the tablet to release the demons of the underworld and take over the world.

This movie is just as funny as the first movie and all the original cast members are brought back plus a few additional characters, most notably Amy Adams (Enchanted) as Amelia Earhart.

If you loved the first movie you will love this one as well.

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Created: 12/08/09

An Okay follow up POOR DVD PACKAGE

Review For: Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (DVD, 2009)

I like, not love the original 2006 film. An original idea. What brought it down was Ben Stiller doing his normal Ben Stiller role & Owen Wilson.

The 2cd film. It is an okay follow up. Once again, Ben Stiller & Owen Wilson I just do NOT like.
The plot, you can follow it. But, we have cheesy unnecessary scenes, cut aways.

The Star Wars fan & collector I am the brief Darth Vader bit could have been MUCH better, Oscar the Grouch was good.

Here we go with casting. Hank Azaria the main villain. Sorry, I did NOT buy it. How many times has he done a weird foreign accent for a film? Too much. Been done so many times. They needed another actor. Nope, I did not buy him in the role, a waste. The character make have worked better with another actor.

Now, I think Amy Adams did a good job as Amelia Earhart. This role I bought.

Plot holes in SEVERAL PLACES. Like when Amelia & Larry bring the characters back to the original museum at the end. We only saw a few characters but yet when we see what happens when they get back the whole crew is back.

You could see the end of the film from a mile away. Once the day was saved we knew what would happen.

Only time in the 2 films I liked Ricky Gervais character was at the VERY END of this film.

Notice Larry’s son Nick did NOT really age or get bigger between films?

Enough with the bit with the monkey now monkeys battling Larry huh? Seen it before, got old in the 1st film.

As for the DVD package. A horrible, these new, cheap plastic cases with holes in them. Who thought these up? NO chapter search list, no printed information of any worth inside.

Normal extras on it.

A good try, does NOT hit the bulls eye, not close. Just an okay, passable effort.

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Created: 11/13/10

NIGHT AT THE MUSEM BATTLE AT SMITHSONIAN BEN STILLER

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THIS MOVIE IS A GOOD MOVIE KIDS WILL LOVE IT . BEN STILLER'S CHARACTER RELIZES HE LIKES WORKING AT THE MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY WHERE THE MUSEUM EXHIBITS COME TO LIFE EVERY NIGHT AFTER MIDNIGHT. WHEN HE GOES BACK TO VISIT THERE AGAIN FROM HIS VERY SUCCESFUL BUSINESS HE FINDS THEY ARE PACKING UP MOST OF THE EXHIBITS TO BE SHIPPED OFF TO THE SMITHSONIAN IN DC TO BE PUT IN STORAGE. HE REALIZES HE MUST STOP THIS FROM HAPPENING. HE GETS A CALL FROM THE MINIS IN STORAGE TO TELL HIM THE MONKEY STOLE THE GOLD STONE THAT MAKES THEM COME TO LIFE AND TAKEN IT TO DC , NOW EVERYONE THERE IS COMING ALIVE AT DUSK AND THREATING ALL OF THE EXHIBITS THAT JUST GOT SENT THERE. BEN STILLER FINDS A WAY TO RESUCE ALL OF THEM . YOU MUST SEE THIS MOVIE. IT IS FANTASTIC.

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Created: 04/05/10

A #1 MOVIE

It is rare, in this day and age of hit movies that almost automatically do sequels, to find a sequel film that quite nearly out-does the original film. The cast and crew of this movie absolutely shine, and the commentaries and other special features (i.e. the featurette on the simian actress, Crystal, the gag reel, and the "Phinding Pharaoh" are particular favorites) make this a total "thumbs up" in our point of view. Our only regret is that we didn't get to see this (or the first "Night" either, for that matter) when it was in the theaters. If ever there is a "Night...3" in the theater, we will absolutely make sure that we'll make the trip to see it on the big screen. However, seeing the film on Blu-ray and on DVD at home was definitely NOT a disappointment. The humor is outstanding--it doesn't overwhelm the story line, and the special effects are not over done. A truly wonderful film for all ages, and the Blu-ray/DVD/Digital package gives one all the options!

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