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I only watch sequel.  Nah, but it sure does feel that way.  Stupid studio companies and not wanting to spend money on new scripts.  With L.A. being so close to Las Vegas, you would think that they would take more gamble.

Anyway.  Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian or Night at the Museum 2, leads off with Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) a few years after the first movie left off.  Larry no longer works at the Museum as a night guard, he is instead following what he originally wanted to do in the first movie, and that is to be an inventor.  He is a pretty successful one at that, he’s got his own company and has numerous product out in the market for the public to purchase.

He has been so busy with his new life that he hadn’t notice that policy at the museum had changed and that all the exhibits will change to accustom the new digital age of learning.  This means that all the artifacts and statues will be taken off the floor and moved to a different place.  This place just happen to be the largest museum and research complex in the World, The Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C.

This becomes a big problem for Larry, who is still friends with the characters of the museum, but hasn’t had the chance in his busy work schedule to visit and say hi.  Not only are his friends being moved four hours away.  But trouble ensues, and he now must save them from a new threat while dealing with new historical characters and creatures from the Smithsonian 19 building and 5 underground floor archive.

The beginning of the movie was pretty bad.  It’s a set up just to have set up, but it really didn’t advance or answer any question we had following the first movie.  Really, if the director could just pick up from where Larry is already at the Smithsonian, then he probably would.  Once that was over, it became bearable to watch and at time entertaining.  The story wasn’t anything to talk about and their was little suspense involve in the film.  And what is with the romance, it was completely forced, at time I really felt like someone was getting violated.  Every once in a while you would see flashes of adventurism only to be taken back by the lack of acting.

Stiller like his usual self, is bad, and not the reason to see this movie.  Amy Adams, who I am in love with, was also sub par.  Acting was carried by the little guys, literally.  Owen Wilson and Steve Coogan, who plays the miniature characters in this movie, were the best actors and that’s a big deal.  Owen has never been known for his acting chops.  Hank Azaria, who at times can be good and other time horrible, was horrible as Kahmunrah in this film, I found his accent annoying as heck.  I would never let someone use that accent in a film, that was a poor decision on Shawn Levy to let that stick.  Azaria as The Thinker and Abe Lincoln was great.

The historic characters is why you want to see this movie.  I love that they made General Custer dumb as heck, I like that Ivan the Terrible wasn’t so terrible, making Amelia Earhart a thrill seeker was brilliant, and don’t get me started on the Einsteins.  This is why this movie was fun for me.

Night at the Museum 2 wasn’t better than the first movie, but it did have some nice addition with Custer, Napoleon, Earhart, Ivan, and Capone just to name a few.  The script and story was really weak and the acting was carried by actors who are on-screen for only a fraction of the time.  With some slight entertainment and adventurism, and Amy Adams, who looked hot in her Amelia Earhart outfit, it become an enjoyable movie for a short time.

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian gets a 2.5 out of 5.

I missed working on this movie by a month.  I know all the guys that worked on it in DC, they tell me that it was a lot of fun to shoot in at the Smithsonian.  Having shot at the Baltimore Aquarium, I can only imagine.  I have also been told some pretty disheartening things about Ben Stiller and his Diva like antics.

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