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

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1/10: The Dumbing Down of American...
Thursday, June 4, 2009

The Dumbing Down of American Comedy! From the outset. I kept wondering how ordinary security guard schlub Ben Stiller could so easily become an infomercial king, hawking glow in the dark flashlights and earning gobs of money. Then I realized that the screenwriters couldn't just have him start off as a security guard at the museum again because people don't want to see the same thing twice when they pay money for a sequel. Nonetheless, the infomercial angle ends up being dropped like a hot potato and Stiller is back at the museum just like in the original. This time he learns that his pals at the Museum of Natural History are being shipped off to the basement archives at the Smithsonian. To make matters worse, they have to deal with some crazy Pharoah guy who needs to figure out a secret code that will unlock a door to ancient Egypt where all of his nasty minions are...

6/10: A good family film, more...
Thursday, June 4, 2009

A good family film, more fun then the first! Well, it's been 3 years since we had the comedy hit Night at the Museum, naturally they went for a sequel to either make more money or spill the story for what it's worth. Eh, I pick all of thee above. But surprisingly Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian was actually a lot better then I had expected, in fact, I think I enjoyed it much more then the first Night at the Museum. Now the first Night at the Museum movie was alright, it didn't really thrill me, Ben Stiller is praised so much as a comedic actor but I've only found him funny in Zoolander. But when it comes to movies like Meet the Parents, There's Something About Mary and Night at the Museum, it's usually the supporting cast that carries the movie and he seems just like the same character...

5/10: A "Night" Not Quite Worth...
Tuesday, May 19, 2009

A "Night" Not Quite Worth Remembering (spoilers) At the beginning of "Night At the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian", Ben Stiller's night-guard character Larry has left his old haunts behind for a semi-successful career as an inventor of not-very-inspired gadgets like a glow-in-the-dark flashlight. Aside from occasional nocturnal visits to the Museum of Natural History, he rarely sees his old friends, preferring to spend his time shilling his junky contraptions (the film opens as he's filming cheesy infomercials for his products). A series of contrivances reunite him with his re-animated friends and inevitably he's drawn into rescuing the hoard of wacky waxworks from the evil machinations of Kahmunrah the nefarious Egyptian Pharaoh.This sequel is by design unable to completely capture whatever magic was in the first film; the sense of discovery from the figures animating is gone, and what we're left with is a predictable rescue operation...

5/10: Has it's moments, but...
Monday, April 19, 2010

Has it's moments, but it's really a heavily disappointing and inferior sequel. Battle of the Smithsonian is by no means a terrible movie, but compared to all the hilarious antics of the 1st, and all the freshness and originality, it disappointed me heavily. The Museum they picked is not as insightful or magical as the one in the original, bigger does not always mean better, and I didn't care for most of the new characters they picked. Owen Wilson's Jedediah is more irritating than anything else now, and Robin William's witty portrayal of Teddy Roosevelt is sadly wasted for the most part. Ben Stiller is slumming it here, on auto pilot so to speak, and everything just seems so crammed together with not that much heart or effort into it, but the effects definitely were. Amy Adam's "Amelia Earhart" and Hank Azaria's Kahmunrah were probably the best characters in the film in my...

6/10: Just another Hollywood big-budget...
Sunday, July 5, 2009

Just another Hollywood big-budget sequel. The reason why I went to watch this is because the first one was such a good family movie. It has humour, suspense, slight action and in depth plot and twist.The sequel unfortunately is far from that. Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian is about Larry Daley who has a better job since the first movie and has now moved on to a different life. Little did he knows that his friends at the Museum of Natural History are about to be shipped and stored at the famous Smithsonian Institute. Long story short, he now has to save little Jedediah and Octavius from a pharaoh who is trying to take over the world. Sounds weird. Because it is. It feels like the writers were out of ideas.So what they do was they throw in a hell lot of characters including Kahmunrah, a crazy pharaoh who is trying to take over...

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