Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

Wide-eyed kids attended by their pouchy-eyed parents will have few
complaints about Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian;
all you people in between and beyond could do worse as well. Director
Shawn Levy and star Ben Stiller return (as do Robin Williams, Steve
Coogan and Owen Wilson) for this bank-breaking sequel to the 2006
original, in which a directionless single dad takes a job as the night
guard at New York’s Museum of Natural History, then takes on its
various exhibits when an ancient Egyptian tablet brings them to life.
Smithsonian begins with those same exhibits being shipped off to
the Washington, D.C., museum of the same name, Larry Daley (Stiller)
having abandoned them for fortune as a small-time inventor. When the
tablet winds up in D.C., it animates the entire museum’s collection,
including a rogue posse led by a lisping Egyptian pharaoh (Hank Azaria)
and a gratingly plucky Amelia Earhart (Amy Adams). Though it’s a little
slow to start and some of the humor clunks, the film features a
wholesome charm, some truly dazzling effects (the Lincoln Memorial
alone is worth it), and enough mild parent-nip in-jokes to keep all but
the stone-hearted happy.

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