Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009)

“Some are born great, others have greatness thrust upon them.” – Teddy Roosevelt

Number of Times Seen – Twice (21 Aug 2009 and 15 Sep 2021)

Brief Synopsis – After two of the exhibits are accidentally shipped to the Smithsonian in Washington, Larry must travel there to save them.

My Take on it – Fun sequel that keeps the tone of things quite enjoyable despite rehashing many of the gags of the first film.

The story itself is has some nice innovative elements in it, but overall it doesn’t feel as if they do enough here to feel as if it warrants another story.

Was nice to see most of the cast and characters return because they seem to have so much fun together in all that they do here.

Ben Stiller is great in the lead role again and manages to keep the story moving in an engaging manner.

The supporting cast is also great and once again Robin Williams shines well above all of them even newcomers to the franchise like Hank Azaria, Amy Adams and Bill Hader.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Director Shawn Levy told a National Public Radio interviewer that once the Smithsonian Institution agreed to lend their name to the film, their curators were very helpful and willing to share information about the real-life characters represented in the movie, but Levy had more trouble with the intellectual property-holders for the fictional characters represented. For instance, in the Darth Vader cameo, a LucasFilm employee came on-set to observe the scene and tell the filmmakers what Vader would or wouldn’t do.(From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)


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