Movie Review – Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

museum2Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) is no longer working as the night guard at the Museum of Natural History. His career as an inventor has taken off, and he is now the owner and CEO of a company that makes and markets his inventions, like the glow-in-the-dark flashlight. While he’s much better off financially, he’s not happy.

He visits the exhibits at the museum for the first time in a long while, and discovers that they are being replaced by holographic computer displays. The exhibits themselves are being sent to the Smithsonian archives – the storage basement, in other words. And they’re being sent without the tablet of Ahkmenra, which allows them to come to life at sundown.

Larry is unable to do anything to stop the move, and thinks that’s the end of that until he receives a frantic phone call from Jedidiah (Owen Wilson), one of the miniatures from the museum collection. It seems the mischievous monkey Chester smuggled the tablet onto the moving truck, and now all heck is breaking loose as all of the Smithsonian exhibits have come to life, including Ahkmenra’s nasty older brother, Kahmunrah.

Larry heads to Washington, D.C. to save his friends – and meets a new cast of historical characters, including Al Capone, Ivan the Terrible, Napoleon, Amelia Earhart, Albert Einsten, and Abraham Lincoln.

This sequel had more in-jokes for the adult crowd, since the Smithsonian is full of pop culture artifacts like Darth Vader’s costume, Muhammed Ali’s silk boxing robe, and the easy chair of Archie Bunker. The casting was terrific, too – Hank Azaria was hilarious as Kahmunrah, and I was delighted to see in the credits that he also voiced The Thinker and Abraham Lincoln. The best part of the movie, though, is Amy Adams as Amelia Earhart. She’s spunky and full of moxie and has a bit of a crush on Larry.

Four out of five boxes of popcorn.

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (Two-Disc Monkey Mischief Pack) will be available on DVD on December 1st. This two-disc special edition has a ton of bonus features, including an alternate ending, a gag reel, and a ton of other monkey business.

Disclosure: Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian was provided to me on DVD by Click Communications for the purpose of review. The above link is an Amazon affiliate link. If you click on the link and subsequently purchase anything, I will receive a small percentage.

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14 Responses to Movie Review – Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

  1. I’m looking forward to seeing this one, especially after reading what you thought of it. I really liked the first one. And how can I pass up a movie with Amy Adams in it? Thanks for the great review!

  2. Kathy says:

    I haven’t see the first one yet!

  3. Margot says:

    I have my two granddaughters coming for a visit and I was wondering about this film. Thanks for this review. I feel better about taking them.

  4. Ron says:

    Entertaining and fun. Good family watch.

  5. CarrieK
    Twitter: booksandmovies
    says:

    LF – I know, I get more and more impressed by Ms. Adams as I see each movie she appears in. She’s very talented!

    Kathy – oh, you should really see it – it’s a lot of fun!

    Margot – oh, good – I hope your granddaughters enjoy it.

    Ron – yep!

  6. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread
    says:

    We intended to do a double feature yesterday, starting with Star Trek and ending with this one, but we ran out of steam. (We LOVED Star Trek, and believe me, we are not even close to being Trekkies). I’m sure at some point we will end up seeing NATM, as we tend to really do alot of movie-going in the summer. I am especially excited to see Amy Adams again on screen. She is delightful in everything she does.

  7. CarrieK
    Twitter: booksandmovies
    says:

    Sandy – I’m so glad Star Trek is getting so many great reviews! I love the Star Trek universe – but not every series that came out. Loved Next Generation and Voyager and the one with Scott Bakula (can’t remember the name right now). Anyway, will definitely be seeing this movie!

  8. Kim
    Twitter: BookstoreK
    says:

    We laughed about the Darth Vader scene all the way home! “Asmatic? . . . What’s with the cape, are you going to the opera?” Very fun. Sometimes I think critics hold all movies to some sort of Oscar standard and sometimes we just want to have fun.

  9. CarrieK
    Twitter: booksandmovies
    says:

    Kim – I know – Hank Azaria was absolutely hilarious as the Pharaoh! Those lines were perfect.

  10. jennygirl says:

    The first movie was awesome so how could they go wrong with the second. Never listen to the “professionals”. Thanks for the good review.

  11. CarrieK
    Twitter: booksandmovies
    says:

    Jennygirl – I pretty much ignore the critics anymore – if a movie looks good to me, I’ll watch it.

  12. Florinda
    Twitter: florinda_3rs
    says:

    We took out 9-year-old to see this on Memorial Day, and had a great time – I thought it was even funnier than the first one, and Amy Adams was just adorable! I enjoyed your review :-).

  13. CarrieK
    Twitter: booksandmovies
    says:

    Florinda – thanks. :) And thanks for stopping by.

  14. carol
    Twitter: carolsnotebook
    says:

    We really enjoyed this one when we saw it in the theater.
    .-= carolĀ“s last blog ..Teaser Tuesday =-.

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