SYNOPSIS: It's a new "Night" and "Museum" for Ben
Stiller, who is joined by several other stars from the
original film, as well as new characters from history --
including Amy Adams as famed aviatrix Amelia Earhart, Hank
Azaria as villainous Egyptian pharaoh Kahmunrah, Christopher
Guest as Russian tyrant Ivan the Terrible and Alain Chabat
as Napoleon. Owen Wilson is back as cowboy Jedediah, and
Robin Williams again rides into history as Teddy Roosevelt.
The centerpiece of the film will be bringing to life the
Smithsonian Institution, which houses the world's largest
museum complex with more than 136 million items in its
collections, ranging from the plane Amelia Earhart flew on
her nonstop solo flight across the Atlantic and Al Capone's
rap sheet and mug shot to Dorothy's ruby red slippers and
Archie Bunker's lounge chair. No major film has ever shot
inside the Smithsonian in Washington...until Night at the
Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian.
REVIEW: Believe it
or not the original "Night at the Museum" was able to
collect $250 millions at the box office. By looking at this
number, it is obvious that the driving force behind a sequel
was money. At first it was hard for me to believe that a
sequel was in the works, but like that old saying " Money
Talks". So here we are, 20th Century Fox is releasing "Night
at the Museum Battle of the Smithsonian" with the hope of
making noise this Summer similar to what they accomplished
in the 2006's Holiday Season, however for a film that takes
more than 45 minutes to generate a little excitement, the
Summer can be very short.
It is hard for me to
remember the last time a saw a film with such of bad
beginning. It is only towards the middle that I woke
myself up and I was able to see a little dim light of
hope. I was expecting this film to a least be similar or
better than the first one, yet the silly dumb humor that
made the first one a little better wasnít there.
Azaria providing some of that silly humor in the
film, but it wasnít enough.
Amy Adams as Amelia Earnhart was good, however I
felt that she brought her enchanted character with her
Ben Stiller around to be apart of the action.
Williams wasnít much in the film which was good
because I donít see how his character would of fit in the
non existing story.
Steve Coogan as Octavius was dramatically funny but
as like Robin Williams his role was limited.
It is never good when you
leave the movies theater and all you hear is that the
first one was better and forsake the first one wasnít that
good to begin with. I consider
Ben Stiller kings of comedies but they didnít
deliver on this one. It kept bothering me when Owen Wilson
Ben Stiller Character giantcantor 20 times or so on
some of the scenes. It was just annoying. The writing was
appalling for me. I did laugh out loud four or five times,
but for the most part I was just politely smiling. There
are ways to put a story together about a museum figures
coming to life just that this way didnít do it for me.
Review By James
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