Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Night At The Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

Amy Adams as Amelia Earhart

Just saw this movie, and I was disappointed by most of it. Hank Azaria as Kamun Ra, the villain of the piece, did an excellent job. Lovely bicep muscles, lovely British/Karloff accent, chewed the scenery with eclat, nice fencing duel at the end.... but the rest..... eh.

All of the "stars" of the previous movie were back, but in much smaller roles. Azaria had the most screen time, followed by Amy Adams as Amelia Earhart. No offense to Amy Adams, but the writers of her character just sucked big time. I was tremendously disappointed with it.

Sure, she pointed out that she did things - such as flying - "just for the fun of it," and she liked to have adventures, but she also did her best to seduce Ben Stiller's character, Larry, and that is just not Amelia Earhart! Earhart would never have been "perky," she's the more serious type who would have loved to have gone around the museum discussing things with people..let Stiller fall in love with her and then chase her! Or have it be a mutual thing, except she knows she's a mannequin...something a bit more poignant.

At the end she does fly a few of the characters back to the Musuem in New York in her Vega, then supposedly flies back to the Smithsonian - a bit illogical there...

They also make jokes about her getting lost, which I didn't think were very funny. It wasn't that she had a bad sense of direction, it was that she was trying to find a teeny tiny island in the middle of the blood Pacific Ocean!

Azaria as Kah Mun Rah. Check out those biceps. And it's not a dress, it's a tunic!

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