Face-slapping, hijinx and special effects aside there is not much about this film that you don't expect. Many of the previous characters are back, including my favourite Dexter the monkey, and some new ones are added in. But there is enough of the same type of good vibes as there was in the first film that if you enjoyed that one then this one will please you as well.
The Museum of Natural History is closed for renovations and some of the museum pieces are moved to storage in the Washington Museum and are being replaced by interactive holograms. Larry (Ben Stiller – Zoolander, Meet the Parents), who is now the head of invention company Daley Devices, meets up with some of the museum pieces and talks with them about their worries.
The evil pharaoh Kahmunrah (Hank Azaria -Run, Fatboy, Run, America's Sweethearts) using a magic tablet brings all the exhibits back to life – old and new. Needless to say, some conflict ensues. Larry gets the help of Amelia Earheart (Amy Adams – Doubt, Leap Year) to try to restore order.
Many sequels try to top what the original flick did and most fail miserably. This film by director Shawn Levy (The Pink Panther – 2006, Night at the Museum) does not make the mistake of trying to be a 'great' film; it knows what it is and why people are going to come see it and doesn't try to be more. Yes, the original will always be the best because there was something unique about it, but it still is enjoyable
The additions to the cast, Hank Azaria and Amy Adams, are good with Azaria practically stealing the film out from under Ben Stiller's nose. Azaria's craziness as a pharaoh who speaks like Bella Lugosi will get some belly laughs from you.
-Previews of Flicka 2, Avatar, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, Percy Jackson, Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
-The Curators of Comedy: Behind the Scenes of Night at the Museum 2
-Historical Confessions: Famous Last Words
-Directing 201: A Day in the Life of Producer/Director Shawn Levy
-Caveman Conversations: Survival of the Wittiest
-Show Me the Monkey
-The Jonas Brothers in Cherub Bootcamp
-Museum Magic: Entering the World of the Photograph
-Secret Doors and Scientists: Behind the Scenes of the American Museum of Natural History
-Fox Movie Channel Presents: Making a Scene
-Fox Movie Channel Presents: World Premiere