Movie Details

NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM 2

Ben Stiller returns to the role of the unfortunate night watchman, Larry Daley who continues to encounter the living and breathing museum exhibits. This adventure takes the action to Washington D.C., where things at the Smithsonian aren`t quite as quiet as one might think.

Language: English
Subtitle: NA
Classification: PG
Release Date: 21 May 2009
Genre: Action / Comedy
Running Time: 1 Hour 45 Minutes
Distributor: 20TH CENTURY FOX
Cast: Amy Adams, Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Bill Hader, Dick Van Dyke, Robin Williams
Director: Shawn Levy
Format: NA

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Writer: Mohd Johan Arif

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Watch this if you liked: "Night At The Museum", "Last Action Hero"

A totally mind-blowing adventure that is hysterically funny in its distinctive way, that's "Night At The Museum 2: Battle Of The Smithsonian". This new wave of comedy is fresh and seldom done because of the complexity needed to create a great story within just a museum. Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) reprises his role and goes on a quest to save his exhibit pals, Jedediah and Octavius, who are being shifted to the Smithsonian Institute. They also have to face the wrath of Kah Mun Rah, a new villain who comes alive at the institute.

You would probably think that this is just a movie where there is a guy in a museum interacting with all the statues that came alive at night, complete with the same computer animation you have seen over and over again in contemporary Hollywood movies. Your expectations are bound to change within hour and hour into the show!

The movie has a plot that is outstandingly genuine, with an abundance of references to American multi-cultural history and world history related to the US. You can see different races, trends and social issues from many different eras. Each of the actors and actresses who played the role of the museum exhibits did an excellent job in portraying them. They really got the characterisation spot on for those people who lived in different times, from the way they talk to the way they behave.

"Night At The Museum 2" is a graphically rich movie, utilising computer special effects in a very innovative way that is different from the first movie. Surprisingly, it is not just interesting in terms of visuals but also in terms of sound. You can just imagine what are the many fun things that you can do if you can experience every story told in the museum first hand.

The jokes in the movie are not your typical comedy movie jokes. The creators of the movie manage to turn something that we usually consider lame or cliche into something funny. The last time we got to see a fictional action hero jump out of the screen and into the real world was "Last Action Hero (1993)" with Arnold Schwarzenegger. "Night At The Museum 2" is a similar kind of comedy that stands out from the rest of its kind by having more groundbreaking features and characters that tells even more stories.

Cinema Online, 15 May 2009
   
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Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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