Plot: Security guard Larry Daley infiltrates the Smithsonian Institution in order to rescue Jedediah and Octavius, who have been shipped to the museum by mistake.
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Verdict: Big and Better Than Original
Story: Night at the Museum 2 starts as Larry Daley (Stiller) the former night guard who is now the owner of Daley Devices but when he learns that the exhibits from the Natural History Museum are being packed away and moved to the Smithsonian as the Natural History Museum is becoming interactive.
After Dexter the monkey steals the ancient tablet that brings them to life after dark Jedediah (Wilson) has to bring Larry to the Smithsonian to help control in the world’s biggest museum as Kahmunrah (Azaria) has taken over the museum. Larry must team up with Amelia Earhart (Adams) to solve the mystery.
Night at the Museum 2 brings us into a new museum that shows what would happen if one of the exhibits gets their hands on the tablets. It is important to show that Larry has moved on with his life but the exhibits wouldn’t get that chance. I do have to wonder what happened to the love interest from the first film who gets no mention. But back to the positive we get to look at plenty of historical characters. This is fun without being too over the top and could be enjoy by all.
Ben Stiller: Larry Daley has now made a name for himself in the inventing world but still visits the museum from time to time to see his friends, but when they move to the Smithsonian he has to put his uniform on one more time to save his friends from a new evil and bring peace to the Smithsonian. Ben plays his character to the level you know he can in comedy very fun throughout.
Amy Adams: Amelia Earhart is one of the exhibits at the museum that shows Larry around, she is feisty adventurer much like the real lady would have been and ends up being similar to the Teddy Roosevelt. Amy is great in this role showing she can pull off comedy next to the bigger names in comedy.
Owen Wilson: Jedediah is the cowboy friend in the museum that calls him to help them with their new danger. He is wise cracking always leaving himself into trouble. Owen as always is a good comic supporting role.
Hank Azaria: Kahmunrah is the brother of the Ahkmenrah in the Natural History Museum that wants to use the tablet for evil once he gets brought back to life in the Smithsonian. Hank is good in this villainous role we would easily be one he can always pull off.
Support Cast: Night at the Museum 2 has an even bigger supporting cast that all play different historical characters inside the museums, we get a lot of cameo like performances that all get a laugh along the way.
Director Review: Shawn Levy – Shawn gives us a good follow up that is bigger that original while keep the story along similar lines.
Adventure: Night at the Museum 2 has the learning sense of adventure following Larry through the museum.
Comedy: Night at the Museum 2 has smarter jokes going on this time with most being around historical figures, with the highlight when the villain doesn’t let Groucho or Darth Vadar join him.
Family: Night at the Museum 2 is one the whole family could enjoy throughout with jokes for everyone to understand.
Fantasy: Night at the Museum 2 puts all the historical characters into the one area where we see them all come life interacting with each other and Larry gets to live it all.
Settings: Night at the Museum 2 takes everything into the Smithsonian which helps increase the characters.
Special Effects: Night at the Museum 2 has great effects to create all the different characters we meet.
Suggestion: Night at the Museum 2 is one for the whole family to enjoy, it has a little of everything but most importantly does have good moments of history. (Family Viewing)
Best Part: Darth Vadar Cameo.
Worst Part: The over long don’t cross the line.
Chances of Tears: No
Chances of Sequel: Has one more
Post Credits Scene: No
Oscar Chances: No
Budget: $150 Million
Runtime: 1 Hour 45 Minutes
Tagline: When the lights go off the battle is on.
Overall: Enjoyable family comedy with a sprinkling of history lesson.