NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: BATTLE FOR THE SMITHSONIAN
By Tully Gibney
When asked if I wanted to see Night at the Museum: Battle for the Smithsonian of course I said yes. The first Night at the Museum was such a pleasant surprise, it was funny, charming and incredibly heartfelt; plus I wasn’t paying which is always a plus (nudge-nudge, hint-hint, wink-wink ladies). This movie departs from its predecessor by being an action film first and then being about morals second. The original formula got messed up somewhere in the mixture but it works. There were funny moments, the kind where some parents let out their crazy laugh and those around them think, “Really? That’s the funniest thing you’ve ever heard huh? Kill me if I turn into that.” However, this is a film that has genuinely funny moments and overall great performances.The green screen shots hurt to watch at times and the CGI was poor in places where it didn’t need to be. This movie also has an unnecessary giant squid in it, whereas a superior movie that required a giant squid called The Watchmen didn’t! The acting was good for the most part, and the main villain was just silly and almost offensive. Bill Hader of SNL steals the show as Colonel Mustard, Amy Adams steals your heart with her hawtness and you’ll have fun spotting people you know from many a show, i.e. The Office and Reno 911.
Am I over analyzing a children’s/family movie? Yes, but someone has to call these hacks out! While it’s not as good as the first because it messes up its own great formula it will be worth a rental. Give it a try, your kids will love you for it and your wife/gf will ask if she’s as good looking as Amy Adams is in this flick, remember, it’s ok to lie.