Thursday, May 28, 2009

Night at the Musem: Battle of the Smithsonian [2009]

Director: Shawn Levy
Starring: Ben Stiller, Amy Adams, Owen Wilson, Steve Coogan, Robin Williams
Genre: Comedy/Adventure
Points: 70 out of 100
Rating: General
Comment: "Bigger, better..."

Very rarely you get to see a sequel that surpasses it's predecessor, and this film is certainly one of them. The first one was a light-hearted comedy with a pinch of adventure thrown in, while this sequel is the other way around. The title itself suggests of a more adventurous flick, and indeed, it is.

The story picks up a few years after the first one, Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) is now a successful businessman with a company dedicated to selling his inventions. A visit to the museum he once worked at revealed that they are renovating the place, shipping off nearly all of its inhabitants to Smithsonian. It is now up to Daley to rescue his museum buddies.

Even though it is a sequel, rest assured that you don't necessarily need to have seen the first one. You might miss out on a few jokes which made references to the first movie, but nothing that will harm your experience whatsoever.

Performances are fun to watch. Nothing phenomenal here, but actors like Amy Adams and Hank Azaria give life to the movie. Appearances by Robin Williams gives the movie credibility as a comedy, although his talents are somewhat underused.

The story is not that strong. Somehow it feels like the producers are doing this for another paycheck, at the expense of a good story. But there is really no harm in that for the first movie wasn't that great to begin with. So there is really nothing to be ruined here. This is one of those movies made solely to pass the time for casual movie-goers.

Just like the first one, what makes this movie so fun to watch is how the bring human history to life. Also how chaotic it would be if history comes to life under one roof. Of course, you need to be well-versed to some extent about the exhibitions to be amused. Those who hate history in real life *might* not find this movie that enjoyable; you won't hate it, but keeping a straight face throughout the duration of the movie would be an effortless task.

Points Calculation

The Good [+100]
- Fun to watch

The Bad [-30]
- Flimsy plot

100 - 30 = 70 points

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