Movie Reviews

Film Review: “Night at the Museum 2”

(20th Century Fox. 1 hour, 45 minutes. Rated PG for mild action and brief language. Directed by Shawn Levy.) Ben Stiller (Larry Daley), Amy Adams (Amelia Earhart), Owen Wilson (Jedediah), Hank Azaria (Kahmunrah/Voice of the Thinker/Voice of Abe Lincoln), Robin Williams (Teddy Roosevelt), Christopher Guest (Ivan the Terrible), Steve Coogan (Octavius), Ricky Gervais (Dr. McPhee), Bill Hader (General Custer). Music by Alan Silvestri.

Stiller and the gang move the action from New York to Washington, D.C. Otherwise this is pretty much the same as the first film, except louder, bigger, and more frenetic. Thought Dexter the monkey was funny in Museum 1? Well now we’ve got two monkeys. Oh, the hilarity. Ben’s love interest this time around is Amy Adams as a bouncy Amelia Earhart, channeling Katharine Hepburn’s aviatrix in Christopher Strong. We’ve also burdened with way too much of Hank Azaria’s King Kahmunrah; he sounds like a bad Boris Karloff. Not that the kids would know who Hepburn or Karloff were, so they’ll likely enjoy the talking animals and the mayhem as they did the first time around, particularly since there’s a lot more of it. This one’s strictly for the youngsters.