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Movie Review

Night at the Museum:
Battle of the Smithsonian

Tawsif Saleheen

AFTER the massive success of Night at the Museum, followed by the monumental Tropic Thunder, I personally had very high expectations from the sequel Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian. The movie however turned out to be a major disappointment. It's not a bad movie mind you. It has the usual dint of polished CGI and an occasional joke here and there might just make you laugh. However, the Battle of the Smithsonian has neither the enigma nor the witticism of the first movie. The storyline of the movie is shaky, the punch lines too nimble, and in the end it turns out to be a movie that kids would enjoy and grown ups would tolerate out of courtesy.

In the sequel Stiller returns as Larry Daley. Larry has actually quit his night watchman job at the National Museum of Natural History and is now a successful business owner.

However, he returns to the museum when he discovers that most of the exhibits are either being replaced or going to be stored by the Smithsonian Institution. What's worse, the magical tablet that brought those exhibits to life has now revived an evil Egyptian pharaoh, Kahmunrah (Hank Azaria), who wants to create an army of the dead and take over the world. What follows is series of madness and mayhem that takes Larry from one museum in Smithsonian to another. Through the adventure he gets to romance Amelia Earhart, hang out with Honest Abe and do advanced calculus with Albert Einstein. In the end he also manages to save his friends from the so-called evil pharaoh.

In its eagerness to top its predecessor, Battle of the Smithsonian piles on celebrity cameosincluding Jonah Hill, Mindy Kaling and Oscar the GrouchCGI-created creatures and endless chase sequences. However, the director ends up producing a movie that is overstuffed with gimmicks, but short on charm and creativity.

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