Night at the Museum 2–Second attempt at writing this review.
I thought it was funny, but I didn’t like it much.
The main change in this sequel is there’s a female costar. Amy Adams plays an effervescent Amelia Earhart. I won’t quibble too much with the immense difference between this adventurous, bubbly character who doesn’t appear to have much of anything in common with her namesake other than the name, accomplishments and drive. Adams steals the show from Ben Stiller’s Larry Daley, who is as directionless as he was in the previous movie. Only, this time, his character arc didn’t hold water.
There were too many heart-to-heart pauses breaking the action up and some excruciatingly overlong scenes between Larry and various other characters that may have been hilarious when they were filmed, but stumbled when overcooked on the screen.
Battle for the Smithsonian should have stayed in script development for a few more months, but I guess the studio isn’t regretting the timing of the release. It’s done very well at the theater.
The main characters from the first film are sidelined in this one, for the most part-but shown onscreen just enough to satisfy. I had to scratch my head at the juxtaposition of Sacajawea giving General George Custer lessons on how to charge. And Larry giving Custer a pep-talk about being a leader for their group, while Custer whines of only being known for his final failure and for being a coward (as he would never have thought so in real life)?
If I had to grade this one, I’d give it a C for effort, but a huge F for history and characterization. Give me a break: even a movie aimed at children and their parents should have *some* intelligence to it-especially if it takes place in the Smithsonian.