5/23/2009

Movie Review: Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009)


After watching Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian, I thought I heard a big thud. When I checked, it was the film’s huge drop-off from its enjoyable predecessor.

To be honest, you can liken the this sequel's drop-off to Men In Black 2’s tremendous slide from the first Men In Black film.

What happened to Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian?

The film was supposed to be more interesting, since the backdrop is now the Smithsonian Institute, the world’s largest museum. There were definitely more historical and larger-than-life characters, but the absurdity of the plot and the rather shallow story eventually gets in the way. The lightweight quality of this film made this a snooze-fest for me.Heck, most of the jokes were derivatives of gags from the first film.

Ben Stiller seemed like he held back on the comedy and focused more on being the “accidental hero” once again. Amy Adams is a delight as always, and the rest of the cast (with the exception of Hank Azaria) were forgettable.

Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian makes for decent family entertainment, only is you leave your inclination for logic and consistency outside the movie theatre.


Rating: 1.5/5


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