Thursday, May 28, 2009

Movie Review: Night at the Museum - Battle of the Smithsonian

OK,now I have all that shirtless Rob mayhem out of my system (sort of), I can get back to blogging about other stuff... movie review time!

Last night, my sister and I saw Night at the Museum - Battle of the Smithsonian. It was cute and certainly had its funny moments but it ultimately reminded me of what I thought about the first one. Which is that it basically has a funny "schtick" (museum exhibits coming to life) but beyond that... there's not much of a plot that I really cared about. It kind of felt like an episode of Saturday Night Live... where you had some funny bits and some not-so-funny bits and I kind of got antsy just waiting for the whole thing to be over.

The whole gang from New York's Museum of Natural History is back but get transferred to the Smithsonian in DC. Now this was a part I actually enjoyed as I just got back from a weekend trip to DC where I had visited two of the Smithsonian museums myself. I wish I had seen this movie before I went because I probably would have made a bigger effort to see more of the museums while I was there. (Side note: Did you know admission to all the Smithsonian museums is free??? Love it!!!)

We got to see a bunch of new characters from the Smithsonian exhibits so it was fun to see so many new familiar faces. Besides the prominent actors like Hank Azaria, Amy Adams, and Christopher Guest there were a bunch of fun cameos. If you're an NBC fan, you'll really enjoy this movie. Off the top of my head, I spotted Kelly, Darryl, and Andy from The Office, Toofer from 30 Rock, and Bill Nader from SNL. My sister spotted a clever cameo of the Jonas brothers.

This movie is definitely targeted to kid humor but I think adults will find it funny, too. Parts of it anyway. I had to laugh at a lot of the moments just because they were so silly and ridiculous. One example - two monkeys being directed by an Einstein bobblehead to slap around one of Al Capone's men.

I guess I'd recommend... even though there were times I almost fell asleep. There is enough funny moments to make it worth it. OK, sorry, for not giving the most glowing review - haha.

But here's the trailer - you can decide for yourself. There are definitely some funny moments not spoiled in this.

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