Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
|Night at the Museum:
Battle of the Smithsonian
|Directed by||Shawn Levy|
|Produced by||Shawn Levy
|Written by||Thomas Lennon|
|Based on||Characters created by
Robert Ben Garant and The Night at the Museum by Milan Trenc
|Music by||Alan Silvestri|
|Edited by||Don Zimmerman
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|Running time||105 minutes|
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (also known as Night at the Museum 2 or Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian) is a 2009 American adventure comedy film directed by Shawn Levy, and starring Ben Stiller, Amy Adams, Owen Wilson, Robin Williams, Hank Azaria, Jon Bernthal and Steve Coogan. The film is a sequel to Night at the Museum.
It is the second installment in the film series and a sequel to the 2006 film Night at the Museum. A third film, titled Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, is scheduled to be released in theaters on December 19, 2014. Director Shawn Levy is returning as well as Ben Stiller reprising his role as Larry Daley.
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Two years after the events of the previous film, Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) is now CEO of Daley Devices, a direct response television company that sells inventions inspired by his experiences as a night security guard at the American Museum of Natural History. While wealthy and successful, he has not had the time to see his museum exhibit friends in several months.
One day when Larry returns to the museum, he finds out that it is closed for renovations and upgrades. He asks his former boss Dr. McPhee about it; McPhee tells him that because not many people have come to the museum in a long time he has been asked to replace 90% of the museum exhibits which are moving to the Federal Archives at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.; and fill the museum with new holographic exhibits that automatically answer questions on historical subjects. Later that night Larry goes into the museum to visit his friends one last time and he is told that while Theodore Roosevelt (Robin Williams), Rexy the Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton, the Easter Island moai (Brad Garrett), and Akhmenrah will remain at the museum, Jedediah (Owen Wilson), Dexter the Capuchin Monkey, and others will no longer come to life since the Golden Tablet of Akhmenrah that animated the exhibits each night will also remain.
After the exhibits leave, Larry receives a call from Jedediah. Dexter stole Akhmenrah's tablet and brought it to the Federal Archives, and the evil Pharaoh Kahmunrah (Hank Azaria), Akhmenrah's older brother, is attacking Jedediah and the other exhibits. Larry travels to Washington and visits the National Air and Space Museum, the National Gallery of Art, and the Smithsonian Institution Building, searching for the Federal Archives with the help of his son Nick (Jake Cherry).
Larry locates the exhibits, frozen in their shipping container in the middle of a battle with Kahmunrah. As Larry obtains the tablet the sun sets and the exhibits, and others at the Smithsonian, come alive. Kahmunrah tells Larry that bringing exhibits to life is just one of the tablet's powers, and that he intends to use it to conquer the world by raising an army from the underworld.
Larry escapes from the Egyptian troops with the help of General George Armstrong Custer (Bill Hader) while releasing the other artifacts in storage including a gigantic octopus, but Armstrong is captured. He meets the beautiful and adventurous Amelia Earhart (Amy Adams), who is attracted to Larry and accompanies him through the National Gallery. While moving through the paintings, Larry and Amelia end up in V–J day in Times Square with a sailor named Joey Motorola (Jay Baruchel). Larry and Amelia trap Kahmunrah's soldiers in the photograph and help the giant octopus by dumping water from a nearby painting over it, but Napoleon Bonaparte (Alain Chabat) captures them. Napoleon takes Larry to Kahmunrah who has also allied with historical leaders Ivan the Terrible (Christopher Guest) and Al Capone (Jon Bernthal) and has rejected fellow villains Darth Vader and Oscar the Grouch, who wanted to join his team. Jedediah is captured by Al Capone's men trying to rescue Larry, but Octavius escapes.
Kahmunrah attempts to open the Gate of the Underworld by pressing the symbols on the tablet, but the combination has changed. Kahmunrah forces Larry to obtain the new combination before sunrise by trapping Jedediah in a filling hourglass. He and Amelia pass a bust of Teddy Roosevelt who reads the hieroglyphics on the tablet revealing that Larry can find the combination by figuring out the secret at the heart of Pharaoh's tomb. Amelia takes Larry to a statue of The Thinker for help, but he gets distracted. Amelia says he's "no Einstein" making Larry remember that he saw Einstein bobble heads in the National Air and Space Museum. When Larry and Amelia walk over to the Air and Space museum Kahmunrah assumes he's trying to escape and tells his allies to kill Larry and bring him the tablet. Octavius meanwhile goes to the White House to find help but can't make it across the lawn. Larry and Amelia hide from Russian troops and visit the statue of Abraham Lincoln at the Lincoln Memorial. When it is safe they go to the National Air and Space Museum where Larry stops the rockets from blasting off. They consult the bobble heads, who tell them that the new combination is the value of pi. When they are found by Napoleon, Ivan, and Capone, Larry and Amelia escape in the Wright Flyer while the exhibit astronauts hold them off and they return to the Smithsonian Institution Building. The two separate, with Amelia searching for help while Larry delays Kahmunrah.
Napoleon, Ivan, and Capone obtain the combination from one of the bobbleheads. Kahmunrah opens the Gate of the Underworld and summons an army of Horus warriors. Octavius returns on the squirrel and brings along The Lincoln statue, forcing the warriors to retreat to the underworld, and Amelia frees the New York exhibits from their container and recruits other Smithsonian exhibits. As the exhibits battle, Octavius frees Jedediah from the hourglass and they attack the enemies from below and Larry is able to obtain the tablet. Napoleon Bonaparte, Al Capone and Ivan the Terrible stop Larry, but he distracts them by asking them who is the boss, enabling him to escape. Larry is stopped by Kahmunrah but overpowers him and banishes him to the underworld. While the gigantic octopus goes into the waters near the Washington Monument, Amelia flies Larry and the New York exhibits back to the Natural History Museum before flying to Canada, knowing that she will turn to dust at sunrise if she does not return to the Smithsonian.
Larry sells his company and donates money to the museum to restore the exhibits. Roosevelt and Akhmenrah as tour guides, Attila as a storyteller, and other exhibits come to life in public as "animatronics" at the museum, which now stays open after sunset. Larry is rehired as the night guard, and meets a young woman named Tess (Adams) who looks like Amelia. She asks for help going through the museum because she is "always getting lost."
- Ben Stiller as Larry Daley
- Amy Adams as Amelia Earhart/Tess
- Owen Wilson as Jedediah
- Hank Azaria as Kahmunrah
- Christopher Guest as Ivan the Terrible
- Alain Chabat as Napoleon Bonaparte
- Robin Williams as Theodore Roosevelt
- Jon Bernthal as Al Capone
- Steve Coogan as Octavius
- Mizuo Peck as Sacagawea
- Ricky Gervais as Dr. McPhee
- Bill Hader as George Armstrong Custer
- Patrick Gallagher as Attila the Hun
- Jake Cherry as Nicky Daley
- Rami Malek as Akhmenrah
- Jay Baruchel as Sailor Joey Motorola
- Mindy Kaling as Docent
- Keith Powell as Tuskegee Airman #1
- Craig Robinson as Tuskegee Airman #2
- Clint Howard as Air and Space Mission Control Tech
- George Foreman as Himself
- Shawn Levy as Infomercial Father
- Jonah Hill as Brandon (pronounced "Brundon") (uncredited)
- Alberta Mayne as Kissing Nurse
- Ed Helms as Larry Daley's Assistant (uncredited)
- Thomas Lennon as Wilbur Wright (uncredited)
- Robert Ben Garant as Orville Wright (uncredited)
- Hank Azaria as The Thinker, Abraham Lincoln Statue
- Brad Garrett as Easter Island Head
- Jonas Brothers as Cupids
- Eugene Levy as Albert Einstein Bobbleheads
- Caroll Spinney as Oscar the Grouch
- Robin Williams as Theodore Roosevelt Bust
- James Earl Jones as Darth Vader
- Little Dancer of Fourteen Years
- Crying Girl
- American Gothic
- LOVE (sculpture)
- V-J day in Times Square
Writers Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon confirmed to Dark Horizons that they were writing a sequel to Night at the Museum, originally with the tentative title Another Night at the Museum. The writers said that "there'll be existing characters and plenty of new ones."
20th Century Fox announced that the sequel, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, would be released during Memorial Day weekend in 2009. Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Steve Coogan, Ricky Gervais, Patrick Gallagher, Jake Cherry, Rami Malek, Mizuo Peck, Brad Garrett and Robin Williams would return for the sequel, with Shawn Levy returning as director.
The film was mostly filmed in Vancouver with some scenes filmed in the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.. A scene was shot at the Lincoln Memorial on the night of May 21, 2008. Scenes were also shot at the American Museum of Natural History in New York on the August 18 and 20, 2008.
The trailer was released with Bedtime Stories, Yes Man and Marley & Me in December 2008. The trailer accompanied the film Bride Wars in January, The Pink Panther 2 in February, and Dragonball Evolution in April 2009. The film was also promoted as an opening skit on American Idol, where a replica of the Idol judge seats are being held at the real Smithsonian Institution.
Filmmakers loaned the Smithsonian Institution props used in the movie which were displayed in the Smithsonian Castle including the pile of artifacts featured in the film. The Smithsonian also made a brochure available online and at museum visitor service desks outlining where to find artifacts.
- Able the space monkey
- Lunar rover
- Lunar Module
- 1903 Wright Flyer
- Amelia Earhart's Lockheed Vega
- Medal belonging to Tuskegee Airmen
- Supermarine Spitfire
- F-104 Starfighter
- Oscar the Grouch puppet
- George Armstrong Custer's fringed jacket
- Muhammad Ali's boxing gloves
- Theodore Roosevelt's chaps
- Archie Bunker's chair from the television sitcom All in the Family
- Theodore Roosevelt's teddy bear
- Ruby Slippers from The Wizard of Oz
Gift shops at the Smithsonian also sell a replica of the Einstein Bobble-head, created specifically as a tie-in to the movie.
Like its predecessor, the sequel has received mixed reviews from critics. The movie received a "rotten" rating of 44% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes with an average score of 5.2 out of 10. Another review aggregator, Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 top reviews from mainstream critics, gave the film an average score of 42% based on 27 reviews.
Despite mixed reviews from critics, most critics praised Amy Adams' and Hank Azaria's performances. Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune awarded the film 3 stars stating that "...she's [Adams] terrific -- a sparkling screen presence." Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly gave the film a B+ stating "Battle of the Smithsonian has plenty of life. But it's Adams who gives it zing." Also, many reviews noted the costume worn by Amy Adams during the movie. Perry Seibert of TV Guide gave the film 2 stars despite honoring that "thanks to Azaria, a master of comic timing. His grandiose, yet slightly fey bad guy is equally funny when he's chewing out minions as he is when deliberating if Oscar the Grouch and Darth Vader are evil enough to join his team. Michael Rechtshaffen of the Hollywood Reporter and A.O. Scott of The New York Times enjoyed both performances.
One critic panned the movie on its excessive use of special effects as noted by Scott Tobias of the A.V. Club when he described the film as "a baffling master plot and a crowded pileup of special effects in search of something to do." Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun Times awarded the film 1½ stars out of 4 claiming "its premise is lame, its plot relentlessly predictable, its characters with personalities that would distinguish picture books."
On Friday, May 22, 2009, its opening day, the film's estimated gross was $15,568,708, coming in ahead of Terminator Salvation (which released on Thursday) in 4,096 theaters at #1, reaching up to $54.1 million over the Memorial Day weekend. By comparison, Night at the Museum reached up to $30 million on its opening weekend in December 2006. The domestic revenue as of October 1, 2009, is $177.1 million along with $236.0 million from foreign countries with a total of $411,755,284 worldwide.
|2009||Teen Choice Award||Choice Movie Comedy||Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian||Won|
|2010||MTV Movie Award||Best Comedic Performance||Ben Stiller||Nominated|
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian was made available December 1, 2009 on DVD and Blu-ray as a two-disc Special Edition and a three-disc Digital Copy Edition.
The video game based on the film was released on May 5, 2009. It was fairly well-received in comparison to the majority of film-based video-games, netting a 7.5 out of 10 from IGN.com.
Ben Stiller admitted that a sequel was "a possibility" and on January 22, 2010, co-writer Thomas Lennon said to Access Hollywood, "That after the success of two Night at the Museum films, it's no surprise that 20th Century Fox is looking to develop a third and that those suspicions are indeed true and how could you not? I think it's a really outstanding idea to do Night at the Museum 3, in fact," he said. "I wonder if someone's not even already working on a script for that," he added with a raised eyebrow. "I cannot confirm that for a fact, but I cannot deny it for a fact either... It might be in the works." In an interview, Stiller confirmed the sequel, however, he said that it was only in the "ideas stage".
It was announced in February 2013 that the film, directed by Shawn Levy, would be released on December 25, 2014. On September 10, 2013, it was announced that shooting would start in February 2014. On November 8, 2013, English actor Dan Stevens was cast as Sir Lancelot. On November 15, 2013, it was announced Skyler Gisondo would be replacing Jake Cherry for the role of Nicky Daley. On December 18, 2013 it was announced that Robin Williams, Stiller, and Ricky Gervais would be returning for the sequel. On January 9, 2014, it was announced that Rebel Wilson would play a security guard in the British Museum. On January 14, 2014, the film's release date was moved up from December 25, 2014, to December 19, 2014. On January 23, 2014, it was announced Ben Kingsley would play an Egyption Pharaoh at the British Museum. Principal photography and production began on January 27, 2014.
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