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May 27, 2009 > Movie Review: Night at the museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

Movie Review: Night at the museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

By Mona Shah

Night has fallen upon the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. The guides have gone home, the lights are out, and the school kids are tucked in their beds . . . yet something incredible is stirring as Ben Stiller returns as the bumbling night security guard Larry Daley. When the Museum of Natural History is closed for upgrades and renovations, the museum pieces are moved into federal storage at the Smithsonian Institution, that houses more than 136 million items in its collections, and Stiller is in for trouble. Soon things start to come to life, as we are introduced to a couple of new characters (monkeys and a squid), and the plot thickens.

In this second installment of the Night at the Museum saga, Larry faces a battle so epic it could only unfold in the corridors of the world's largest museum. No major film has ever been shot inside the Smithsonian in Washington...until "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian."

Now, Larry must try to save his formerly inanimate friends from what could be their last stand amid the wonders of the Smithsonian, all of which, from the famous paintings on the walls to the rocket ships in the halls, suddenly have a mind of their own.

In the new "Night" Stiller, is joined by several other stars from the original film, as well as new characters -- including Amy Adams as famed aviatrix Amelia Earhart, Hank Azaria as villainous Egyptian pharaoh Kahmunrah, Christopher Guest as Russian tyrant Ivan the Terrible and Alain Chabat as Napoleon. Owen Wilson is back as cowboy Jedediah, and Robin Williams again rides into history as Teddy Roosevelt.

The Smithsonian and its history truly come alive as Larry finds himself lured into his biggest, most imagination-boggling adventure yet. The kids will definitely get a good virtual field trip and a few laughs out of this sequel. Parents who accompany them may want to do so for the stellar cast.

Runtime: 105 mins.
Rated: PG

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