5/22/09

Night at the Museum 2

I broke a long-standing rule of mine today. I'm never supposed to see sequels without having first seen the original. That being said, this particular sequel didn't really need much of an original. Wouldda been nice to know ahead of time that the tablet is what brings everything to life, but it's pretty clearly explained.

I say it didn't need much of an original because, after seeing it, it didn't really strike me as a movie that I needed to see. It's a fun ride, but most of the situations they get into seem contrived. I mean... seriously... Abraham Lincoln had to tell us who he was... really? Like we don't know? Other character introductions could have been handled more discretely, too. Amelia Earhart, Ivan the Terrible, Napoleon, Al Capone, their introductory dialog was pretty much a paragraph on their contribution to history. We really didn't come to learn about all that, we just came to see exhibits come to life. I think the best part of the movie was probably seeing Amy Adams in tight pilot's pants.

That's not to say it wasn't a fun ride. If you can get past the cheesy introductions and the contrived historical data, you'll love flying around the museum in the Write Brothers' airplane, getting slapped by monkeys, kissing the girl in famous WWII kissing photo. Kids will love the movie, I'm sure. They're probably the only audience that will be able to forgive and even enjoy the cheese.

One thing that kinda got awkward was the attempt at ironically awkward dialog. Ya know, the kind where you pretty much just... say what's on your mind. Kinda trying to be polite, but at the same time getting a point across that you believe to be very important. It's the kind of thing Ben Stiller is famous for, I think. But it just doesn't work sometimes. If it goes on for too long it goes from being funny-awkward to just plain awkward. That happens a couple time in the movie.

If you have nothing else to watch, then I recommend this movie as a time-killer. It's a feast for the eyes, but not much for the brain.