Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian

PUBLISHED: 17:26 25 May 2009 | UPDATED: 13:35 24 August 2010

by Amanda Miles Ben Stiller returns in the sequel to his 2006 family comedy Night at the Museum, with Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smi

by Amanda Miles

Ben Stiller returns in the sequel to his 2006 family comedy Night at the Museum, with Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian.

We join Larry Daley, (Stiller), as he has become a successful inventor, and left his post as night watchman.

On paying a visit to his old workplace he discovers that his old friends are being transported to the Smithsonian in Washington DC along with the magic tablet that brings the exhibits to life has gone with them.

The Smithsonian is the largest museum in the world, and Larry has to go and find the tablet and bring it back to New York where it belongs.

Stiller is reunited with the cast from the first film, and is joined by newcomers, the standout of which is Hank Azaria.

Azaria displays the vocal talent that has kept us all belly laughing at The Simpsons with his character Kahmunrah, older brother of Ahkmenrah (Egyptian king from the first NATM).

Kahmunrah is determined to get his hands on the magic tablet so he can do what every baddie wants to - rule the world, and Larry has to stop him with a little help from his exhibit friends.

Romance is in the air (excuse the pun) with the world's first female pilot, Amelia Earheart (Amy Adams) and Owen Wilson and Steve Coogan return as mini heroes, Jedediah and Octavius.

The real stars of the show are the special effects team, leaving no stone unturned this time around.

We are treated to dazzling pictures in the gallery coming to life, and bigger and better exhibits walking around, including Rodin's 'The Thinker' and Abe Lincoln.

The Tween market is catered for with Tweenybopper band The Jonas Brothers playing the Singing Cherubs, and look out for brief appearances from Darth Vader and Oscar the Grouch from The Muppets.

The whole film does everything on a bigger scale than the first, all while saying that true happiness is only found doing something you love.

Night at the Museum 2 is a feel good movie for the whole family, a must see if you have seen the first film, and if you haven't, go and see it anyway.

Rating: 3/5 stars

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