Kids Movie Review: Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

This is a movie review of Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian.

Plot Summary (courtesy of IMDB):

Night at the Museum Battle of the SmithsonianWhen the Museum of Natural History is closed for upgrades and renovations, the museum pieces are moved into federal storage at the famous Smithsonian Museums. The centerpiece of the film will be bringing to life the Smithsonian Institution, which houses the world's largest museum complex with more than 136 million items in its collections, ranging from the plane Amelia Earhart (Amy Adams) flew on her non-stop solo flight across the Atlantic and Al Capone's (Jon Bernthal) rap sheet and mug shot to Dorothy's ruby slippers, Fonzie's jacket from Happy Days, the still from M*A*S*H and Archie Bunker's lounge chair from All in the Family. Larry (Ben Stiller) poses as a caretaker at the Smithsonian, where Kahmunrah (Hank Azaria), an evil Pharaoh, will come to life with the reestablishing of a tablet as a magical force in the museum bringing the old exhibits (Such as Theodore Roosevelt and Dexter) and new exhibits (like General Custer and Al Capone) back to life, and in conflict with each other. Larry enlists the help of Amelia Earheart, and together they try to put everything back in order.

Run Time: 105 Minutes

Movie Review:

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian was a fun movie and well worth the experience.

All of the familiar faces of the original movie reprise theirs roles with a few new faces added. Ben Stiller once again puts on a believable action figure style comedy role as Larry. Amy Adams plays a very believanel and funny portrayal of Amelia Earhart. This movie is not about the acting though.

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian is about the action and fun, of which there is plenty. This time the story is not about trying to keep the exhibits in the museum, but something more dangerous. In fact, the characters this time around don't seem to care about the same issues in the first movie which I felt was horribly inconsistent.

As with all performance art, the job of a movie is to give us a suspense of disbelief. The problem with Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian is that they went way too far with it and it ruined portions of the movie. Such things are destroying a whole outside wall of a museum and it magically being repaired by morning or that only one security guard could be working at night in the whole Smithsonian complex alone was just too much for me.

With the inconsistencies between the first movie and this one along with the excessive stretching of the suspension of disbelief I can not get behind this movie as one of this summers best. However, it was a fun movie and the kids will enjoy the humor and action in it.

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Overall Movie Review Rating: I rate this movie as a Great See - 4 stars

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