Night at the Museum: Battle of Smithsonian

{3/5} “‘What, did they run out of U’s on your name plate?’ ”I dunno, did they run out of jokes at the Interesting Joke Store that you shop at?”

A few years ago Larry was a night guard at a museum in New York when a strange thing happened — all the exhibits came to life during the night. Now the same thing is happening at the Smithsonian, and Ancient Egyptian pharoah Kahmunrah plans to take over the world. Kahmunrah enlists the help of Napoleon, Ivan the Terrible, and Al Capone. Larry isn’t a night guard any more but his old friend Jedediah calls and asks for his help. So Larry goes to Washington D.C. for the battle of the Smithsonian.

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian was released in 2009.

I missed the beginning of this movie, but I don’t feel like I missed a whole lot.

If you liked the first Night at the Museum you’ll like this one. If you didn’t like the first one, why would you watch this one? It does have Amy Adams, but you could watch one of her better movies — like Enchanted, Junebug, Sunshine Cleaning, Trouble With the Curve, or The Muppets.

Amy Adams as Amelia Earhart is definitely a highlight. There are some amusing parts in the movie — and there are other parts that are supposed to be funny but aren’t. There’s a fair amount of chasing and fighting, but there’s also some clever use of the premise. Of course, a few things don’t make sense — like an Ancient Egyptian pharoah speaking English, and the maneuverability of the Wright Flyer. There’s a clever bit during the end credits.

This is the first movie that obtained permission to film inside the Smithsonian.

Ben Stiller (Zoolander) reprises his role of Larry Daley from the first movie. And once again Owen Wilson (Midnight in Paris) is cowboy Jedediah and Robin Williams (World’s Greatest Dad) is Teddy Roosevelt. Hank Azaria (Mystery Men) plays Kahmunrah. Christopher Guest (The Princess Bride), Ricky Gervais (Ghost Town), and Clint Howard (Apollo 13) also show up for the fun.

The movie was directed by Shawn Levy (Real Steel).

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