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Ex-museum guard Larry (Stiller) is now a successful inventor, The film opens with a tacky infomercial plugging a new invention. One of the now very well off Larry Daley, and the ever crazy George Foreman. Larry has made it big and is about to make it bigger due to Walmart being interested in his inventions.
We come to realize that even though Larry looks like he has moved on with his new spot as CEO, he hasn’t. His monthly trips back to the museum prove to be a side of him he can’t let go of. This is where the story takes form and really starts to grow on you.but misses his friends among the exhibits at the Museum Of Natural History. When they’re shipped to the Smithsonian, he must follow before all hell breaks loose, which of course it does. The plot's not all too dissimilar from the original but does however benefit from having a tangible villain in the form of evil Egyptian pharaoh Kamunrah (Hank Azaria), which puts it a step above its predecessor, but you won't be paying your money for the story in this case, the jokes are the main attraction and you may feel slightly disappointed.
Looking at face value, this should be one of the funniest films ever made considering the pedigree. The sheer amount of comedy actors all in the cooking pot is astonishing. Add Zoolander to Drillbit Taylor with a dash of Mrs.Doubtfire, Andy Millman, Tom Saxondale and it certainly you should make for a delicious comedic soufflé but instead of the tasty treat you all see in the shop window, what’s left is just a plain ordinary ham sandwich with a little bit of filling.
However, there is filling to be had here *cough* entertainment to be had here. The jokes come quick and in their groups, there's some actually quite good historical gags like taking pops at Napoleon and if The Pink Panther 2 proved anything, the French accent is till funny. The Heat/Grazia oriented among you may also enjoy cameo spotting in the film as there are a huge amount of blink and you'll miss another comedic star moments and repeated viewing would defiantly be warranted to see them all.
Although the kicker comes in the variety of the jokes and the pedigree of them, the all important seasoning on the ham sandwich of a prior metaphor and in the end it doesn't supply what you came to see. Sure, you will most defiantly chuckle throughout but the sheer amount of fart jokes and slapstick humour gets a little noticeable, it keep schizophrenically switching between supplying the Basil brush humour for the kids and then expecting them to know them know about General Custer.
All in all, if you have a particular soft spot for your celebrities, can't get enough of the natural history channel or simply love an old fashioned burp gag, there will be something there for you and you will be hard pressed to find something you don't enjoy in the film. Stiller, Adams, Williams and the encore cast put in a performance much better than in the first film. The acting is better, the jokes are better, the plot, the stage, the sites, the sounds…all better. As my interview with writer Robert Ben Garant pointed out, it needed to be better, Rob had said “Ben Stiller is the boss, and he said make it funnier, so we did our best”. Well they did just that. The action, the sequences between Azaria and Stiller, the exchanges between Adams and Stiller were all great.
Night at the Museum 2 or Night at the Museum: Battle for the Smithsonian, is nothing but true fun. If you enjoyed the first film, you will enjoy this one even more! Personally, all through the movie i couldn't take my eyes of Amy Adams as Angie Everheart... A simply amazing role and a stunningly beautiful actress to boot.
9/10 for this one
I highly reccomend giving this movie a run, you'll love it :D