Night at the Museum 2: Battle for the Smithsonian Review

May 23, 2009 at 9:28 pm (Movies)

In 2 years can we have a sequel to this with just Jonah Hill in it? Night at the Museum 2 transitions from the frigid Winter movie season to the big leagues in the opening month of the Summer Movie Lineup. While the results aren’t exactly what I had personally hoped for, the movie still packs a plethora of laughs for the big and little ones to sustain an enjoyable comedy. This time around Larry Daly has left his old friends over at the museum, and has become an entrepreneur. However, after the exhibits are all being switched over to be set in storage in the Smithsonian, the tablet that allows the exhibits to come to life is taken with them, and proves to unleash a whole new batch of problems in a new series of museums in the nation’s capitol. The movie does have a lot of comedic talent going for it in this new installment. Ben Stiller fills his shoes again, Hank Azaria does well as the villain, Paul Rudd is pretty great in what little time he has on screen and the same schtick he keeps re-doing, Steve Coogan is funny as Octavius like in the first, and Owen Wilson reprises his funniness as Jebediah. However, I still can’t stand Ricky Gervais. Jonah Hill, in what 10 minutes we see him, had me about to fall out of my seat. The sad thing is they bring in all of this epic comedic talent, and they hardly use it. The movie’s a little too quick trying to cram in all of these different varieties of wild creatures and different exhibits coming to life and blowing off the screen for quick two second gags, then flashing off the screen for the next gag, and that’s how the movie goes for 2 hours. The direction is often frantic, going point to point to point, showing the next exhibit after the next, which is kinda convenient considering it’s kinda like having a museum tour with a tour guide that has ADD. That’s completely satisfactory fun for the kids and did give me some enjoyment, but for a guy that’s all for hearing the next great comedian or rising funny talent that isn’t animated, it’s a little dissapointing. I really wanted to see more of Thomas Lennon, Jonah Hill, and Christopher Guest, EVEN ED HELMS , pretty much anything to get away from something that’s eyes are popping out of its head. I personally didn’t enjoy that quick of a pace, but I still enjoyed the movie. The plot behind Kah Mun Rah kinda gets lost in all the shuffle of the movie. The director and creative team do pay a good effort to the adults in the movie by throwing in a few almost Family Guy-esque drawn out humor lines in there. The movie does provide a great variety of new gags to keep the kids happy and the premise fresh. Even the battle at the end provides some good excitement, especially the 300 style spoof scene, even though I’m 99% percent sure noone in our theater got that joke. It’s not up to the caliber of the first (this coming from the guy who didn’t really care for the first and went into this one with low expectations), but is still worth the price of admission for fans or those with kids not old enough for the Star Trek crowd. Overall, Night at the Museum 2: Battle for the Smithsonian can be best summed up by the box of buncha crunch I had before the movie even started. Lots of small pieces to me, but big pieces that kids (or even I as a kid) would enjoy. I’m not enjoying it as much as the bigger, more fulfilling pieces of buncha crunch, but still worth buying the buncha crunch because it was still enjoyable, even though there are certain pieces that should have been bigger and it goes a little too quick with the other pieces. Basically this is a perfect, very fast paced eye-fest with tons of variety and variety of gags for the kiddiess, fun for adults with a sense of humor thanks to a few laugh out loud scenes.  Also below are a few points I’d like to make on the movie.

4 out of 5

  • The romance between Robin Williams and Sacajawea is gross. He’s like 90 years old!!!
  • Where was Mickey Rooney, Dick Van Dyke and the black guy!?!?!
  • I kept a stone face when they did the “That’s the way uh-huh uh-huh I like it” joke.
  • Amy Adams is hot. I don’t care if she is a mannequin.
  • The whole picture frame scene was my idea. 


  1. darkcloak said,

    I liked it. Probably gonna buy it. Are you?

  2. The James said,


  3. earlman27 said,

    If they have good special features that will make the deal for me…

  4. Jcottone said,

    Where was this museum located?

  5. earlman27 said,

    The Smithsonian itself is located in Washington, DC.

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