1 hour, 45 minutes
PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned.
for mild action and brief language.
Ben Stiller ... Larry Daley
Amy Adams ... Amelia Earhart
Owen Wilson ... Jedediah Smith
Hank Azaria ... Kahmunrah, The Thinker
Robin Williams ... Teddy Roosevelt
Christopher Guest ... Ivan the Terrible
Alain Chabat ... Napoleon Bonaparte
Steve Coogan ... Octavius
Ricky Gervais ... Dr. McPhee
Bill Hader ... General Custer
|It's been a few years since Larry Daley (Ben Stiller "Zoolander") worked as a night watchman at the Museum of Natural History in New York City. He has since become a highly successful infomercial pitchman. When he learns from the statue of Teddy Roosevelt (Robin Williams "Mrs. Doubtfire") that most of his favorite exhibits, including the miniatures of cowboy Jedediah Smith (Owen Wilson "Wedding Crashers") and Roman Emperor Octavius (Steve Coogan "Tropic Thunder"), are being sent to the Federal Archive in DC, he's quite upset. A late night phone call from his "friends" has him headed to Washington and breaking into the Smithsonian. There, he discovers Kahmunrah (Hank Azaria "The Birdcage"), evil brother of Ahkmenrah (Rami Malek "Night at the Museum"), who wants a fabled golden tablet so he can take over the world. With the help of Gen. Custer (Bill Hader "Napoleon Dynamite") and Amelia Earhart (Amy Adams "Enchanted"), Larry must save the day.
Because of the success of Night at the Museum, also directed by Shawn Levy, this inevitable sequel is here. But, it has far too much going on with far too little is at stake, and it's all delivered in a most uninspired, chaotic way. Property is destroyed, museum windows are crashed through, a giant octopus splashes about in the National Mall's reflecting pool, and even the statue of Abraham Lincoln at the Lincoln Memorial comes alive. With all this occurring, not a single D.C. resident seems to notice, nor does a single police officer turn up to investigate. Larry ultimately gets away with these criminal actions and faces no consequences. One could say this is just a movie, but that doesn't take away from the fact that the script has been written with no logic in mind..
If movies are capable of being enjoyed in disconnected dribs and drabs, this is it. For every sequence that's genuinely entertaining, like when the Lincoln Memorial comes to life, there are just as many that don't work at all. Sadder still, reliable supporting players who fared better in the first film are reduced to ad-libbed mumbling and mugging, adding little but their presence. The only actor who really shines is the always reliable Amy Adams as Amelia Earhart, who once again proves that she's a welcome addition to any film. Still, if you hav
e to choose between this sequel and the original, this might be the one, but that's faint praise.
2 Disc Set includes: Monkey Mischief
feat. The Secret Life Of a Monkey Movie Star