Levy figures a shot a piece of the statues of Amelia and Bill Hader's Col. At times, it seems so much is happening on the screen, that you don't really know where to look or who to concentrate on. While adults will laugh at the onslaught of in-jokes, and trust me, there's a lot. I walked into the theater not expecting to much, but when I left I was very happy with it. This new installment takes us to the Smithsonian, and introduces us to new characters, such as Amelia Earhart, General Custer, and many more! Bill Hader plays General Custer with an inferiority complex: he bemoans the fact that he'll always be remembered for his one bad moment at the Little Big Horn with all his other accomplishments ignored.
Daley just cons his way into the archives and the story rockets right into the Smithsonian with a few quick facts about what it is to provide context. Every time she speaks it literally feels like the film gets more believable because she's such a convincing spirit. Nonetheless, the infomercial angle ends up being dropped like a hot potato and Stiller is back at the museum just like in the original. In the second installment of the Night of the Museum series, much of the initial magic is already lost from the get-go. I kept wondering how ordinary security guard schlub Ben Stiller could so easily become an infomercial king, hawking glow in the dark flashlights and earning gobs of money. I don't want to give much away, but trust me, you'll laugh.
The three allies of the Egyptian have virtually nothing to do throughout the filmBonaparte at one point jumps on top of Stiller, Capone waves a machine gun and Ivan basically scowls. Stiller's allies fare no better. For me, the film worked on two levels. The children might find this movie very fun since its made especially for them. Take the scene with Stiller trying to break into the basement at the Smithsonian, opposed by the security guard played by Jonah Hill.
They have this scene that nearly killed me in laughter, since they're so small they go 300 style in trying to stab all the bad guy's feet, great style and homage to the war films. Worst of all, it's completely rushed. This movie's plot is not that good neither. They are all buffoons in one way or another and carry no moral weight. She also gets to work her best Katherine Hepburn impression to boot.
Now the first Night at the Museum movie was alright, it didn't really thrill me, Ben Stiller is praised so much as a comedic actor but I've only found him funny in Zoolander. I was excited when I saw all these famous characters from history being mashed together, Al Capone, Napoleon Bonaparte, Amelia Earhart, to name a few. And this is the problem for every character in the film. The plot is quite disappointing. If you plan on watching this movie, take the kids and leave your adulthood at door but don't expect much else. They threw away most of the characters from the first movie to make way for the newer characters, which I didn't like that much, but how many characters can you throw in a story to have it make sense? Ben Stiller returns as night watchman Larry Daily, now a successful business man, who gets back to the museum just in time to find that he needs to get his friends out of trouble. While that film felt like an instant classic to me, this one felt more like a quick money-grab with a lot of missed potential.
The antagonist is played by Hank Azaria who has a one note part as a lisping Pharoah, Kahmunrah. The movie is a little action packed and somewhat fun, but in comedy this movie fails. There are moments in 'Battle for the Smithsonian' that feel like the script was dispensed with and the action was completely improvised. Our source of conflict is the Pharaoh at the Smithsonian, Kahmunrah, played by Azaria doing his best Stewie Griffin impression, who wants the tablet to unleash his army, so he gets help from Napoleon, Ivan the Terrible Guest and young Al Capone. Azaria's too good for this film, really, but he plays at its level instead of pushing it and even manages a few of the better laughs when he puts a major diss on Darth Vader. Second, by telling a very straight-out and heart warming coming of age story of a grown-up divorced man who has to take control of his life and get his act together with the museum working more as a metaphor of sorts. It takes a long time before Stiller's love interest, feminist icon Amelia Earhardt, played by Amy Adams, does what she does best: i.
But surprisingly Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian was actually a lot better then I had expected, in fact, I think I enjoyed it much more then the first Night at the Museum. We're expected to believe that Larry has turned from a no-good night guard at the museum in the first film to this mega-successful businessman in the second installment during the course of only a few years and after being a virtual nobody for the vast majority of his life. This time he learns that his pals at the Museum of Natural History are being shipped off to the basement archives at the Smithsonian. We're supposed to laugh as he is gradually submerged by the sand inside the hourglass pouring down on top of him. Then there's Amy Adams, the lone diamond in a sea of forced comedy and excessive cameos.
Eh, I pick all of thee above. Custer are adequate foreshadow, but they're not. Now son is hacking into the Smithsonian Institute floor plans to direct his dad to the location of the tablet that brings things to life at night. . Honestly, I knew that this movie wasn't a big of a deal from the start. While Custer is a complete clown, the Indian Princess Sacajawea berates him not for his hatred of Native Americans but rather for his incompetence as a soldier.