When the lights go off the battle is on! So it goes with the second installment of the tale of Larry Daley (Ben Stiller), a night guard for the Museum of Natural History in NYC, or so it seems. Things have taken off for Larry as he is now an inventor, and is making a big name fore himself in the infomercial game. He is pushing small items that have some practical uses, and is becoming quite successful. One day, he makes his way to the museum to see his nighttime friends, only to learn that the place is going high tech with electronic interactive exhibits, and that some of the older pieces are being sent to Washington D.C. They are to be stored at the Federal Archives at the Smithsonian Institute.
Not everyone is leaving. Teddy Roosevelt (Robin Williams) is staying, and Ahkmenrah (Rami Malek), Rexy and Dexter are staying in New York, but many of his other friends are heading out. He is saddened by this, but goes back to his normal life until he gets a call from his tiny friend, Jedidiah (Owen Wilson). The night the exhibits were shipped off, Dexter stole the tablet and came with them. Now, Ahkmenrah’s older brother, Pharaoh Kahmunrah (Hank Azaria) is attacking them. A museum filled with over 136 million artifacts has just come to life. From famous works of art to great wonders of science and beyond. With the help of his son, Nicky (Jake Cherry), Larry finds a way to break into the Smithsonian disguised as a night guard, and finds this old way of life suits him well. He gains new allies, and makes new enemies. From the plucky aviator, Amelia Earheart (Amy Adams) and the unlikely General Custer to even the giant Abraham Lincoln from the Lincoln Memorial.
On Pharaoh Kahmunrah’s team, the tablet brings in Ivan the Terrible (Christopher Guest), Al Capone (Jon Bernthal), and Napoleon Bonaparte, along with the potential to bring in a supernatural army of avenging Horus wannabes. The race to stop Kahmunrah is on, but while Larry and Amelia hunt down more ways to take this megalomaniac down, the only one of his friends that can get away is the tiny Roman general, Octavius (Steve Coogan). This brilliant general might be small in stature, but he has big ideas and uses them well.
Although we did not get to see all of this amazing complex in this movie, the three most popular locations were used, the art museum, the Air and Space Museum, and the Smithsonian Castle, where Kahmunrah make his headquarters while enjoying some of the many artifacts on the site, from Archie Bunker’s chair to Arthur Fonzarelli’s leather jacket. This movie is pure fun, as was its prequel, and from the looks of the next installment, we are going to be treated even more good times. I, for one, can’t wait!
I give this film a Musing review of