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Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, a review by Dragonfire

I went to see Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian today.  This is definitely a family friendly movie, though I think adults can enjoy it as well if they are in the mood for a light hearted, somewhat silly movie.  The movie can stand alone fairly well, but some things will make more sense if the movies are watched in order.

Larry has moved on from working as a night guard at the Museum of Natural History and now owns his own company.  He is becoming more focused on his work, though it does seem like his relationship with his son Nick is still strong.  Larry is surprised when he goes to visit the museum for the first time in several months and he finds out that most of the exhibits are being replaced new, high tech holographic type displays.  The original exhibits are going to be stored in the Federal Archives at the Smithsonian.  Larry finds out that things are not going well once the exhibits get there and he heads to the new museum.  He has to deal with Kah Mun Rah, an Egyptian plotting to rule the entire world. 

My Thoughts

I enjoyed this movie overall, though it is a bit silly and won't appeal to many people.  The movie has a fun adventure and a decent amount of humor that makes for a fun, entertaining movie overall.  The movie isn't as funny as the trailers made it seem, but it is still funny.  Several things made me laugh.  There are new characters thanks to new exhibits at the Smithsonian coming to life.  The plot isn't that different from the first movie, but there are a few new twists because of the new setting.  The movie is predictable, which may turn off some viewers.  There are lots of special effects, but they don't overtake everything. 

There are several new characters in this one thanks to the new setting and only a few of the previous characters return and have much to do.  Several of them are just shown in a few scenes, which is disappointing in some cases.  I really liked Robin Williams as Teddy Roosevelt in the first movie, and in this movie, Teddy only turns up in a few scenes.  Some of the new characters are interesting and I did enjoy seeing Oscar the Grouch turn up briefly. 

Overall, this is a fun, entertaining family friendly adventure movie.  I really enjoyed it, though I know it won't appeal to many.  People that liked the first movie may also like this one.  People that didn't like the first one should probably stay away from this one.


I did get a longer review posted on Epinions if anyone wants to take a look.

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

(From Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian on May 23rd, 2009)

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Sorrowful Jones, a review by addicted2dvd

     Sorrowful Jones (1949/United States)
IMDb |Wikipedia |Trailer |
Universal Studios (United States)
Director:Sidney Lanfield
Writing:Melville Shavelson (Screenwriter), Edmund Hartmann (Screenwriter), Jack Rose (Screenwriter), Damon Runyon (Original Material By), William R. Lipman (Original Material By), Sam Hellman (Original Material By), Gladys Lehman (Original Material By)
Length:98 min.
Video:Full Frame 1.33:1
Audio:English: Dolby Digital: Mono

Bob Hope as Sorrowful Jones
Lucille Ball as Gladys O'Neil
William Demarest as Regret
Bruce Cabot as Big Steve Holloway
Thomas Gomez as Reardon

Sorrowful Jones (Bob Hope) takes a bet from a rotten gambler who leaves his young daughter as collateral, forcing him to learn some hard lessons about parenthood with the help of a nightclub singer (Lucille Ball).

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My Thoughts:

This one I enjoyed quite a bit. Not surprising with such stars as Bob Hope and Lucille Ball. But it was the little girl that I felt stole the show. A cute little girl and I loved her attitude. This is actually the first film I have seen Lucille Ball in. I just know her from "I Love Lucy"... and while I figured it was the case I was happy to verify with this film that Lucille Ball really could sing. This film may not have a lot of laugh out loud moments... but if you are looking for a fun film to relax and watch I would definitely recommend "Sorrowful Jones."


(From November Movie Marathon: Classic Comedy Greats on November 11th, 2017)

Member's TV Reviews

The One Where It All Began: The Pilot Marathon, a review by DJ Doena

The King of Queens

What's the show about?
Doug Heffernan is a delivery man for International Parcel Service (IPS). His wife, Carrie, works as a secretary for a law firm. Both live in a house in Queens, New York and in the basement of that house lives Carrie's father Arthur. That living arrangement leads to all kinds of funny situations.

Doug has just got his new TV which is placed in Doug's sanctuary - the basement, when Carrie's sister comes to the house to tell them that Arthur's wife (or girlfriend? - she does not seem to be Carrie's or her sister's mother) has just died. When Arthur tries to live alone he accidentally burns down his house and has to move into the basement of the Heffernan's house...

My Opinion
Another really good sitcom and this one I'll finish when I get the remaining seasons on DVD.

(From The One Where It All Began: The Pilot Marathon on January 5th, 2008)