Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
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Night has fallen upon the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. The guides have gone home, the lights are out, the school kids are tucked in their beds... yet something incredible is stirring as former night guard Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) finds himself lured into his biggest, most imagination-boggling adventure yet in which history truly comes alive. In this second installment of the Night at the Museum saga, Larry faces a battle so epic it could only unfold in the corridors of the world's largest museum. Now, Larry must try to save his formerly inanimate friends from what could be their last stand amid the wonders of the Smithsonian, all of which, from the famous paintings on the walls to the rocket ships in the halls, suddenly have a mind of their own.
Ben Stiller wrestles with extinct beasts, historical figures, and meddling monkeys in Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, the sequel to the popular 2006 special-effects extravaganza. This time, the ancient Egyptian tablet (the one that brings all the exhibits at New York's Museum of Natural History to life at night) is being shipped off to the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.--which, as the movie diligently tells us, is the largest museum in the world. Naturally, former museum guard Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) heads down to rescue it (and, by extension, keep his magical museum friends alive). He ends up fighting with a nasty pharaoh who talks like Boris Karloff (Hank Azaria, The Simpsons) and falling in love with Amelia Earhart (Amy Adams, Enchanted). All the old gang are along for the ride, including Dexter the monkey; much face-slapping and special effects ensue. There aren't many surprises, but Battle of the Smithsonian is cheerful enough to entertain everyone who enjoyed the first movie. Extras include commentaries by the director and the writers, the usual self-congratulatory making-of featurette, deleted scenes that are actually as good as the rest of the movie, an alternate ending, and an entirely pointless second disc about Crystal, the capuchin monkey who plays Dexter (the monkey disc has less than a half-hour of material, including two mediocre games). The great supporting cast from the first movie returns, including Owen Wilson, Steve Coogan, and Robin Williams. --Bret Fetzer
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- Commentary by Director Shawn Levy
- Commentary by Writers Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon
- The Curators of Comedy: Behind the Scenes of Night At The Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
- 5 Deleted Scenes with Commentary by Shawn Levy
- Alternate Ending
- Gag Reel
- Phinding Pharoah
- The Jonas Brothers in Cherub Bootcamp
- Trailer Farm: Family Catalog Trailer, Space Chimps 2, Glee, Aliens in the Attic
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Despite her doubts, she agreed -- and loved it -- and I loved seeing it a second time. A truly enjoyable bit of fantasy, with at least four happy endings for main characters, and thousands for all the creatures in the museum. She found it "touching, funny, and technically very well done." ... "Greatly amusing for children; very funny and touching for adults."
Warning: the great majority of the characters appear in the real museum, but not all of them do. Nevertheless, this is a great way to enjoy a great, great American museum. No wonder so many of her guests remember it with pleasure.
Robert C. Ross
I can't really guess how the people beyond childhood will react were this to be someone's selection for their solo entertainment.
Most of all, the movie has "heart," which so many Slapstick comedies lack, in that we don't really care about the characters. Here we did care!
If you're feeling a little blue, this will cheer you!