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Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian – How the mighty have fallen

You can read my post on Night at the Museum here

As I said not so long ago, I quite enjoyed Night at the Museum. Its sequel, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, is quite a bit lacking in many ways, mostly to do with the ‘lead’ character, Larry.

The character of Larry is devoid of most of his charm in several ways, differing greatly from his previous screen appearance and giving a much weaker performance overall.

Firstly, Larry’s role as a father barely comes into it at all. His son is only in the movie for a few brief scenes and there is no real interaction there. Nor is Larry’s struggle with his ex-wife covered in any way. This side of the character seems to have just vanished.

Larry is also lacking the sense of empathy shown in the first movie. Beyond a brief pep-talk to Col. Mustard, he doesn’t really interact with the exhibits much. This also has him much more out of control than he was before. In the first movie, he worked with the exhibits to get problems resolved, but little of that leadership, problem solving ability and sensitivity is seen here, leaving us with a story which tries to be frantic but lacks any intelligence to hold it up.

Larry also lacks any sense of control over his own actions. I commented on how he was actually surprisingly confident in the first film, but this time he spends most of the film getting pushed/dragged around by Amelia. He is almost disturbingly submissive to her, just following alongside and not really doing much of anything, expect a bit of combat in the final confrontation.

Another example of the stereotype of men only being any good with a weapon, and then never against a woman.

I quite appreciated the first movie’s tendency toward having Larry win with knowledge, not with strength of arms. All that is gone however, leaving us with a rather empty character who you wouldn’t really miss had he just been edited out altogether.

Overall, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian has a much weaker male lead who is basically tagging along after his female co-star. You barely know he is a dad, or even alive for that matter.

  1. February 12, 2010 at 10:31 pm
  2. February 12, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    Totally brave, determined, and heroic man here – wow! A REAL change agent at work. http://www.netflix.com/Movie/The_Cove/70112741?trkid=496751

  3. February 12, 2010 at 10:36 pm
  4. February 12, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    Rather interesting look at a man’s effort to regaindignity in his family and community …http://www.netflix.com/Movie/The_Pope_s_Toilet/70110977?trkid=191776

  5. February 12, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    Very different style of filmmaking and an unusual male protagonist … good film in a quirky way http://www.netflix.com/Movie/The_Science_of_Sleep/70043953?strackid=749f38f6310d3088_0_srl&strkid=1592811248_0_0&trkid=222336

  6. February 12, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    What is a Man? A workhorse from a ruthless coporation? or? (saw this w/ aq and b in eugene and just watched it again = thought provoking) http://www.netflix.com/Movie/Moon/70112500?trkid=496751

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