Movie Review

June 6, 2009 Uncategorized 6

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.

6 Responses to “Movie Review”

  1. Tammy Howard

    Yeah, I’m thinking I’ll wait for DVD – my girls may have other plans… I think it would have to be a darn rainy day for me to say yes to that, though…

  2. Terra

    I haven’t even seen the first one, but I agree Ben Stiller is a hoot and worth seeing…My guess is we will see both when they are both on DVD

  3. MiMi

    My husband and I went to see it last week. I think that it is good to have seen the first one before you see the sequel. We liked it and laughed alot, but then again, that was the first time we had been to the movie in close to a year, so maybe we would have liked anything! lol

    We DIDN’T like the fact that a small popcorn and drink cost more than BOTH of our tickets, though! YIKES!

  4. Pam

    I had read a review of this movie in the paper that said basically the same thing. Sequels rarely live up to the first movie. I love going to the movies, but I agree with MiMi on the sticker shock of snacks. YIKES!

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