Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Battle Of The Smithsonian

A Wednesday afternoon matinee that missed the cut on Tuesday

Y'all voted, and the consensus was The Hangover, and of course Grandma J had to disqualify loved all those suggestions....but after all was said and was Night At The Museum that won out.

Larry Daley (Ben Stiller), the night watchman in the first Night at the Museum, has become a entrepreneur Ala Ron Popeil or my favorite, Vince the Shamwow Guy. With plenty of success and the time and money, he returns to the museum to get the old gang of cast members back together for a sequel.

Many of the old characters have been put into storage at the Smithsonian, so Larry conjures up a plan to rescue them and find the mystical tablets that made all the magic.

While he's at the Smithsonian, he runs into Amelia Earhart (Amy Adams), who he has a fun time flirting with, and Kahmunrah (Hank Azaria), who wants to take over the world.

I was glad to see that a who slew of characters from the original movie were cast.

Robin Williams, as Teddy Roosevelt, along with Owen Wilson and Steve Coogan, as the miniature cowboy and Roman centurion - are happy to see him again.

There were a host of new characters.

Some villains include lisping Pharoah Kahmunrah (Hank Azaria), Napoleon (Alain Chabat), Ivan the Terrible (Christopher Guest), and Al Capone (Jon Bernthal).

While Daley's new allies are aviatrix Amelia Earhart (sensationally spunky Amy Adams), the Tuskegee Airmen and the huge marble statue of Abraham Lincoln (voiced by Hank Azaria) on the Mall.

The movie was a bit too slapstick for me, but Ben Stiller is always funny, and Amy Adams was the best part of the whole movie

There were some real goofs, for anyone who cares about accuracy. For instance, Archie Bunker's chair, Muhammad Ali's boxing robe and Dorothy's ruby slippers are at the National Museum of American History, not the Smithsonian. But Grandma J wouldn't let small details like that get in the way of seeing this movie.

I have to say, most of the other people in the theatre laughed a whole lot more than Grandma J.
And, that had nothing to do with Grandma J being too polite to laugh with her mouth full.

Grandma J, in appreciation of the slapstick factor, gives this movie 3 1/2 Museums out of 5.


Life with Kaishon said...

Very wonderful review : )

You were right about Up. I loved every single second of it Grandma J! Loved it like crazy!

I give you 5 out of 5 hugs! Love, Becky

Busy Bee Suz said...

My kids laughed out loud, I chuckled a bit. I did like Amelia Earhart and how she kept coming on to Ben Stiller....gotta love a forward thinker.

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

What a professional review...I'm telling you, you need to talk to your local paper about being a critic.

Keep in mind I haven't seen a "live" movie in centuries...but I loved the scene where Ben Stiller and the night guardsmen at the Smithsonian were exchanging pleasantries. I know,it's juvenile. As I said, Ace Venture Pet Detective was one of my favorites so take all my movie recommendations with a grain of salt.

Speaking of mouths full, we went through two large popcorns and were sniffing around for more.

Thankfully refills on popcorn and drinks were only a dollar...that may also have had something to do with how much I loved that movie!

p.s. No PJB yet. Seriously. Checked mail box today for the slip.

Grandma J said...

CBW, Phil was sent to your street address, but with your real name of Chesapeake Bay Woman. Could that confuse folks at the post office? He's in a USPS box so, they should get him soon.

FYI to anonymous from yesterday, Grandma J didn't get any frozen yogurt yesterday. She doesn't like anything with the word yogurt in it, no matter what anyone says.

mdvelazquez said...

A nice polished review, Grandma J. You make me want to go to the theatre. I haven't been to the movies since ALI was out.

Living on the Spit said...

Awesome review once again. I love your movie would have loved Hangover more, I am afraid.

Deb said...

My hubby loves slap stick, so I know he will love this...if we ever get the chance to leave the apartment!

Pat Jenkins said...

grandma j i want you to get me the editor at your local newspaper on the line! i need to put a plug in for you to write a weekly column for movie reviews!!... p.s. i didn't like the first "night" so i haven't been too thrilled about seenin' this one!!

Dawn said...

our family loved this movie! mostly because we've spent so much time in DC. of course, me, not being a stickler for details, figured that they just ran around to all of the Smithsonian museums and gathered up the stuff and brought it back to that castle... since it is all "smithsonian" anyway!! i did love amelia earhart, especially!

Jen said...

3 1/2 isn't too bad, so I will probably watch it. Good thing it wasn't a 'knee slapper', or you wouldn't have enjoyed it at all.

Chris said...

Thanks for the review!

Karen Deborah said...

well ok, so are you going to rate the greek thing next? or what will you go see next?
I just ordered a used copy of "The Bucket List" looking forward to that. have you seen it?