On Friday I took the kids to see Night at the Museum Battle of the Smithsonian. We all really enjoyed the first NATM movie and we were looking forward to the new one.
Ben Stiller is a hoot, isn’t he? Knowing that his parents are Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara just makes it better. I can’t think of Seinfeld without Frank Costanza. I’m always amazed at children of performers who seem talented and balanced. This move reunites most of the characters from the first movie, Teddy Roosevelt(Robin Williams), Sacajawea, Jedidiah and the Octavius, in miniature, many more.
The movie begins with Larry doing an infomercial, he is now the owner of a successful gadget empire. It’s been 2+ years since his adventures as the night guard at the Museum of Natural History. (I think I got it right). He still appears to have a passion for his old friends and occasionally goes to visit them. He is shocked to learn that the museum is going high tech and most of his beloved artifacts and friends are to be put in storage in the National Archives, under the many Smithsonian Museums. The adventure begins as of course things go wrong.
Amy Adams as Amelia Earhart is a nice addition, but some of their mad cap adventures are a bit much. Hank Azaria is as always a master of odd accents and rather slapstick humor. General Custer is in this movie too, along with a water deprived gigantic octopus. There is a happy, fun ending, but I believe they have used up the best of the pranks for any more of these movies.
I have to admit, the movie had some slow parts. I found myself getting drowsy, not a good sign when you just paid $7.00 to see a matinee movie.
Most sequels don’t live up to their originals and this is no exception. I liked it, and I laughed, but I wasn’t as entertained as the first time. Using that 5 point scale, I’d give it 3-3.5. I liked it, I would recommend it, but it’s not a must see, or at least maybe not until it’s available for a DVD rental.