Night At The Museum 2: Movie Review
Cast: Ben Stiller, Amy Adams, Robin Williams, Hank Azaria.
Owen Wilson, Steve Coogan
Director: Shawn Levy
In the sequel to Night At the Museum, Ben Stiller's night
guard Larry Daley is now a full time inventor, having left his twilight job at
the Museum of Natural History behind him.
But on learning the gang who live at the museum (and come to life at night as
you'll remember from the first film) is to be moved into Federal storage at the
Smithsonian Museum, Larry sets out to try and rescue his old pals.
However, an evil Egyptian Pharaoh, (played by Hank Azaria in a scene stealing
turn) has other plans and using an ancient tablet, he plots to rule the world -
both inside the museum - and out.
Night At The Museum 2 is not a bad film - kids under 10 will
love the animated antics and tomfoolery of the cast - and the Jonah Hill cameo
as a Smithsonian guard is hilarious.
But as a piece of stand alone family entertainment, it fails to cross the
spectrum of broad entertainment - and were it not for the stand out performance
of Hank Azaria as a lisping megalomaniac with some great lines - and the
wonderful Amy Adams as Amelia Earhart Larry's companion and would be romantic
interest, this would have simply been another of those blockbuster films with
special effects and little else.
There's nothing wrong with Stiller's performance as Larry, a man who's become
so bewildered in life after becoming successful - and yes, there's a heavy
handed message about doing what you love with people you love (an inspired
message in these recessionary times) - as ever, he does that deadpan humour
which has become his trademark but after a while it starts to get a bit
However, the effects in the film are pretty impressive - there's been a lot
of effort to bring to life various backgrounds throughout the museum and
nothing's spared in making it all seem lifelike.
Ultimately though NATM2 just falls short of the mark.