Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian Movie Review

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Kameron asked to see the Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian today, so Rahesha, Kameron and I drove over to the Colonial Commons 9 to check out the sequel to the original Night at the Museum movie, which I thought was pretty good.  This movie was not really on my slate of must see summer films, but I am glad that I saw it. 

 Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian is a fun filled, romp that is a great family movie.  If you are not familiar with the first movie, I will give you a brief synopsis.  Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) a new night guard at the Museum of Natural History in New York is stunned when the museum artifacts come to life at night and walk around and get into mischief.  The artifacts get their sentience from an Egyptian plaque that gives them life during the night until the break of day.  When day comes, the museum artifacts and figures revert back to their waxen shapes.  During the first film, Larry’s goal was to keep the museum pieces from escaping.  In the second film, the artifacts in the Museum of Natural History are shipped off to the Smithsonian archives where they are to be boxed up and never again see the light of day again.  However, one of the wax monkeys stole the Egyptian plaque from the museum and it goes along with them to the Smithsonian.  Once in the Smithsonian, the plaque affects all of the artifacts in the 19 museums and they come to life.  Larry who is now a successful inventor and owner of gadgets such as the “glowing flashlight” comes to retrieve the plaque only to find out that one of the Smithsonian museum figurines has different plans.  Once Larry gets to the Smithsonian, the fun and high jinks begin!

 Throughout the entire film, everyone was laughing at some point or another.  Rahesha, Kameron and I were also laughing on numerous occasions.  Although there are some areas in the movie that don’t make sense, like the lack of any humans whatsoever near the Smithsonian, Monument or Lincoln Memorial at night, I understand why it was done.  It cuts down on costs, and makes it easier to drive the story forward without having to explain to every person why the museum artifacts can walk and talk.  Regardless, this is a clean, family oriented summer film that won’t disappoint.  Check it out.

 Grade: A

 Rahesha: A

 Kameron: S for satisfactory (He is stuck on using his elementary grading system, which I think he does to get under my skin! LOL!)

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