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Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

When the lights go off the battle is on. 

Year: 2009 
Running Time:
Aspect Ratio: Unknown 
Certificate: BBFC 12A Cert – Under 12s admitted only with an adult 
Subtitles: This film is not expected to be subtitled, though this cannot be guaranteed. 
Directed by Shawn Levy  
Starring: Ben Stiller , Amy Adams , Owen Wilson , Hank Azaria  
An image from Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

The Museum of Natural History is no longer in the same party spirit that was felt at the end of Night at the Museum. Due to renovations and upgrades, many of the exhibits are moving home to the National Archives under the Smithsonian museum complex. Larry (Stiller), who has since left his night guard post, tries to break into the Smithsonian and bring the exhibits back home. However, when he arrives he finds that the gold tablet has awoken Kahmunrah, an evil pharaoh who wants to use the tablet to raise his army and conquer the world.

Night at the Museum 2 proves to be a successful follow-up to the original due to the great variety of historical characters on show. The Smithsonian was certainly the ideal setting for such a film; look out for the lively art exhibits, including a rather bouncy, gigantic red poodle! This is a visually striking film, with the well-animated animals and detailed costumes truly bringing the museum to life.

Ben Stiller and Robin Williams are once again on top form, returning as Larry and President Roosevelt. They are joined by Amy Adams, who provides a strong female character in Amelia Earhart. The real stand-out performance is given by Hank Azaria, who gives Kahmunrah a Monty Python-style twist that keeps the adult audience entertained. He is complemented perfectly by his band of villains from history, including Al Capone and Ivan the Terrible.

Night at the Museum 2 is definitely fun for all the family. Like its predecessor, it finds a great balance between slapstick comedy and witty observations. The favourite characters return and bring with them a whole host of new exciting historical figures, making you wish that you could see even more of the Smithsonian spring to life. Fans of the original will not be disappointed, and this film is recommended to anyone searching for a light-hearted comedy, which boasts a colourful cast and visually stunning set.

Julia Huntenburg

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Screenings of this film:

2009/2010 Autumn Term (35mm)