Night at the Museum: Milking the Cash Cow

Posted: Updated:

Night at the Museum: Battle at the Smithsonian fights to win 3 Red Vines for creativity run amok

Vique's movie reviews

Angels and Demons, Night at the Museum, Terminator: Salvation - Flick Chick Vique Rojas reviews "Angels and Demons," "Night at the Museum: Battle at the Smithsonian" and "Terminator: Salvation."

Related links:
Search Video:

There's no question that the premise behind the " " movies is wildly creative. The execution of artifacts coming to 'life' is excellent as well. But after anxiously waiting to see the original movie for a full year, I was woefully disappointed in the end result. I'm sorry to say that this time around "Night at the Museum: Battle at the Smithsonian" is only a little less disappointing. In spite of a great cast in both size and talent the movie only offers modest laughs in few key scenes.

Now former night watchman Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) is a successful entrepreneur. But when he visits his night time museum pals he finds that some of the exhibits are being packed up and moved to the Smithsonian to make room for new, more modern displays. The thought of his precious friends being stored in crates is too much and he takes it upon himself to get them returned to their rightful place. Of course nothing is quite so simple because a new villain comes to life at this new location and hijinks ensue!

What I liked most about this movie was seeing all the new things come to life. Everything from modern art to pop culture icons, even Washington monuments all take part in wild goose chases and high energy battles. Stiller's character now interacts with paintings and enters a famous photograph with delightful results.

The cast list reads like a who's who with many of the original players like Owen Wilson, Steve Coogan, and Robin Williams. This time around they are joined by Amy Adams as an adorable Amelia Earhart. And Hank Azaria as the evil Pharaoh simply steals every scene he's in, providing almost every laugh the movie has to offer. I couldn't get over how much he is starting to look like Boris Karloff---and sound like him! A gay Boris that is!

Bottom line is the first version of this movie made over 250 million dollars so all involved jumped at the chance to milk the cash cow. But if I were you, I'd only see it at a bargain rate so I wouldn't feel let down by this heifer!

LADIES ROOM LOWDOWN: Pay attention to the credits for an extra little gem that really is quite clever!