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at the Museum: Battle
of the Smithsonian (0/10)
by Tony Medley
Runtime 114 minutes.
Too stupid for children.
This was an extremely dispiriting movie for me
to sit through. It’s not just that it is horrible, it’s that I have seen
more truly awful movies this year than in any year since I started doing
this. This film is of such low intellectual value, it besmirches
everyone involved with it.
Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) returns as the night
watchman (now a wildly successful businessman) who finds that all the
inanimate objects, statues and paintings and such, in the museum can
come alive at night. Transferred to the Smithsonian, they feel they are
on their last stand and have to fight for their survival.
I said that the first
iteration of this in 2006 was “a good idea that pretty much fails in translation.” The only difference with
this sequel is that it was not a good idea to start out with. The first
film was aimed at a 10-year old mentality, but even so, I didn’t think
it was appropriate for children because it trivialized American history.
The same criticism applies here, but this one is even dumber than the
This idea could have been one that was
comedic, but which celebrated intelligence and American History. It
could have informed people about the real Teddy Roosevelt (Robin
Williams) and the real Abraham Lincoln. Instead it pictures them as
One expects lousy movies from Robin Williams
and Owen Wilson because they have both developed careers out of them
(“RV,” License to Wed,” “August Rush,” I Spy,” You and Me and Dupree,” “Drillbit
Taylor,” to name a few of their bombs). It’s not that they lack talent,
so it must be that they lack taste. How could anybody read this script
and think it would be entertaining? But what is truly disappointing is
the appearance of the enormously talented Amy Adams (Amelia Earhart).
Watching her wobble her way through this infantile idiocy, directed by
Shawn Levy and with writing credits to Robert Ben Garant and Thomas
Lennon, is akin to fantasizing about watching Laurence Olivier trying to
perform in “Reefer Madness.”
does her best with the material, such as it is. Equally valiant is Hank
Azaria, who plays a sexually ambiguous Egyptian, Kahmunrah. He provides
the only true comedy relief in this interminable horror.