I sort of like it when movies are bad, makes for quick and easy reviews.
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian was harmless I suppose, totally unnecessary and a waste of time. Fun enough I guess, but not nearly as â€œgoodâ€ as the first one.
In trying to be â€œnew and improvedâ€ with the magic mojoâ€¦the movie was dumb.
For example, either there were no other statues or figurines or paintings in the NYC museum or there are some wacky vibes coming off the Potomac. Maybe it was me, the effects seemed worse too.
Ben Stiller kind of goes through the motions, with this bullshit about finding yourself and doing what you love. (Stock family movie cliche #5: You can never “love” being a money-making, hard-working, in-demand and yes, a little “obnoxious with the Crackberry” kind of guy. Never. Apologies to Gary V. No crushing allowed.)
Hank Azaria and Amy Adams are both pretty good; they give their best to make the movie worth watching. And really, Azaria and Adams did most of the heavy lifting.
Though of course the morons in the promo department, working hard to convince you NATM2 is a comedy with its funny, funny humorâ€¦put the few good gags in the trailers. Bastards.
So save the 10 bucks, watch a few online previews and teasers, spare yourself the other 70 minutes of boredom. You can wait for the DVD.
Final Snark: fresh ink on those Sure Money Sequel checks. Cash â€˜em fast.