A blog post from Variety’s Editor In Chief, recently called Night At The Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, “Ben Stiller’s Art Movie”.  Having seen the movie now, I can see why. Even the first movie. The plot is simple but come on, after the first, did you really expect heart-wrenching oscar material?

Night At the Musuem, maybe not the greatest piece of film work. Nor does it try. It is a film that teaches you about history in a very entertaining way. Personally, I never knew that Abraham Lincoln, never lies; hence forth being referred to as  ‘honest Abe.”  Then again I’m Canadian and naturally fairly ignorant about American history. Its presented in an amusing and occasionally a superfluous manner at times.

We find our hero Larry Daley(Ben Stiller), living his dream of the being the head of his own company, walking around his office looking bored, and mopey. Which is what,  leads him to visiting the museum only to find it undergoing renovations, and discovers a lot of the old exhibits are being moved off to storage,  and to be updated with more updated technological versions.

Throughout all the hassle of the move, the Egyptian tablet ends up at the Smithsonian as well, leading to trouble with Kahmunrah (Hank Azaria). Who wants the tablet to open up the door to the underworld and release his army of the undead.  Daley, receiving an urgent phone call of help flies off to Washington D.C in search of the Smithsonian with the help of his son.  He soon finds out the Smithsonian isn’t just one buildings but multiple specialized buildings (i.e Air And Space). Throughout his adventure he encounters even more famous characters leading to more mini-history lessons.

Overall, this movie is a great family film for those parents who want to take they’re children to see something ’till Pixar’s Up, is released. For those that aren’t parents or 12 years old, there is always Star Trek, or Terminator.

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