Title: Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian Director: Shawn Levy Year: 2009 Run time: 1hr 45m
“Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) finds himself in the biggest, most mind-boggling family adventure yet when history comes to life in the local museum. This time the museum is bigger, the adventure is wilder and the bad guys are even more evil… or so they like to think, as an Egyptian Pharaoh plans to take over the world!”
3:25 - The credits are very good, with the text hanging in the air. 4:16 - OMG! Is it so good he put his name on it? 5:15 - Glow in the dark torch is actually a really good idea. 10:27 - Magic buzzing box. 11:01 - Like the sound of having a ‘pay no mind’ list. 18:48 - Einstein bobbleheads! 26:03 - The archives of a museum really must be amazing to look around. 28:31 - This is basically Hank Azaria doing Monty Python. 33:31 - “What’s the rumpus, Ace?” Rumpus! So awesome. 39:10 - I need one of those massive balloon dogs. Very cute. 43:11 - Boyband cherubs. 56:54 - Uh oh, Star Wars reference coming up. 1:01:19 - “For the fun of it. Why else would anyone do anything?” 1:06:46 - The bobbleheads came to life. I can’t cope. 1:13:30 - Amelia Earhart doesn’t get any less fab. 1:19:10 - Like they had to put a coin in for size reference. 1:26:39 - Napolean has more medals and a bigger hat. 1:32:57 - How is it possible that no one would notice a big red plane landing on the streets?
Amazingly, this is a sequel that pretty much matched its predecessor. Seeing all the characters we loved from the first back again was great but there were also lots of brilliant cameos and new characters to love. Giant Abraham Lincoln was fun, as was the big ol’ inflatable balloon dog thing.
The only let down was the story wasn’t quite as good, it had a few flaws towards the end, and just wasn’t as strong overall. But plenty of things made up for that, like Robin Williams’ armless Teddy being jealous of Teddy with the horse. And of course, Amelia Earhart was fantastic, perky and positive, a great role model.
Loved it, and together they make a great couple of movies.