Thursday, May 21, 2009
Night At The Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
Directed by Shawn Levy
Written by Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon
Starring Ben Stiller, Amy Adams, Owen Wilson, Robert Williams and Bill Hader
First and foremost, I hated Night at the Museum. For anyone who did like it and is looking forward for the sequel should stop reading now... Ok, my biggest gripe with this movie is that it is NOT FUNNY at all. I think I counted a total of three times that I actually had a small chuckle. The movie relies heavily on a formula that takes a gag (that isn't funny in the first place) making the character repeat the same lines over and over, and then dragging it on and on and on and on until you will want to shoot yourself in the face. And why does every comedy that comes out nowadays need the cast of The Office to appear as random cameos in it. They serve absolutely no purpose at all for why they are in it and are not funny. It's like they just magically appear as if to say "Hey! Remember me? I have a career too!". The only cameo that did get a couple laughs out of me was Jonah Hill playing the guard on duty, but even that bit falls apart fast and you have to watch another irritating two minutes of him and Stiller bicker.
Speaking of guards; the halls of the Smithsonian are running amok, windows and glass being shattered, yet there are no guards on duty what so ever in the entire museum. Plot holes like this are seen through the entire length of the film.
I really thought Ben Stiller redeemed himself with Tropic Thunder, and its sad to see him back as his old character he has played a million times before; the straight man who awkwardly mumbles through his lines.
But what can you expect from a family friendly kids movie, perhaps I'm being too harsh. I just don't fall under the correct target audience. I don't have kids, I'm not thirteen years old, and I absolutely hate the Jonas Brothers.
1 star out of 5