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- tigerbaby007112May 29, 2013by
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
Night guard Larry Daley, 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, are suddenly coming to life, and they are not 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, Napoleon, and Al Capone. Larry, meanwhile, finds himself with spunky Amelia Earhart as a co-conspirator and love interest, and General Custer leading the battle for the Smithsonian. This movie is an amazing example of a movie made for kids and adults. Kids will enjoy the silly humor, and the monkey. While adults will laugh at the onslaught of in-jokes. It's a great family movie.Read full review
- cannonclubonlin...Feb 21, 2010by
Stiller Seems To Have Lots of Fun Making This Film!
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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- junkertygeJul 17, 2015by
A Fantastic Fun Movie To See With The Whole Family
I brought this movie as it's an amazing film and I enjoy all three sequels.
I like this film for the special effects and the good family fun movie.
I have no movies to compare this with right now.
- 2buytheboxAug 24, 2014by
EXCITING, HILARIOUS, MANY TIMES OVER.
I BOUGHT THIS MOVIE CAUSE I LOVE FUNNY MOVIES AND I LOVE ROBIN WILLIAMS. NO DISLIKES ABOUT THIS PRODUCT EXCEPT THAT IT ENDED. A FUN AND EXCITING MOVIE TO WATCH. GREAT CAST PERFORMERS MAKE THIS MOVIE HILARIOUS. I CAN WATCH THIS AGAIN AND AGAIN, AND NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.
- majikrose2002Jan 25, 2011by
Buy it you'll like it
If you loved the first movie, you'll love this one. Hank Asaria did a wonderfully funny portrayal of the wicked Kuman Ra. He had us in stiches..also the commentary with him doing all his other accents for the part were fun to watch..Ben Stiller has the same wonderful values instilled in him that his mother and father had when they used to perform together..humorous, funny, witty and no vulgarity...a movie you can watch with your children and not have to block parts out or be embarrassed about watching movies that are basically unfit for children..a fun time for everyone.