Ben Stiller returns as night watchman Larry Daily, now a successful business man, who gets back to the museum just in time to find that he needs to get his friends out of trouble. This new installment takes us to the Smithsonian, and introduces us to new characters, such as Amelia Earhart, General Custer, and many more!
In the opening scene, George Foreman mentions two previous inventions of Larry's: "The Extra Big Dog Bone" and "The Unloseable Key Ring." These are both references to the first movie, to Rexy chasing his bone and Dexter stealing Larry's keys respectively. See more »
(at around 1h 3 mins) Amelia addresses the Tuskegee airman as "Captain", but he is not wearing captain's bars. See more »
The 2006 original was a fun-filled fantasy trip to the Museum of Natural History in New York. It was a blast for both the kids and the adults when the exhibits, especially the T-Rex and President Teddy Roosevelt, come to life that Night At The Museum.
This sequel basically shifts the action to the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC where we get more of the same "Jumanji"-type action - without much cerebral input into the plot. In fact, the whole second installment looks uninspired and uninspiring. We don't feel for the characters, not even Ben Stiller's Larry Daley as he tries stir up another frenzy among the animated exhibits. As a sequel, it is rather stale because it does not have a plot that is engaging enough for its stunts. The gags are mostly repetitive - like Kahmunrah's lisping, Amelia's 'ready-for-anything' attitude, etc. There is never a sense of danger in the proceedings - and Larry's presence in the story seems superfluous.
The action remains a comic book adventure - and the mandatory twist at the end merely helps to ease our way out of this juvenile treat.
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