Saturday, May 30, 2009
Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonians
This is a sequel of the film of the same title in which a night guard hears his friends-statues are in trouble at the Smithsonian Institution and has to save them.
In a much as computer animation is amazing and it is capable of bringing to life the great people and works of art in the past, the film is sorely lacking of a good script. One cannot understand why a great leader of the past with all his men would end up looking like looney. The film was just dragged down to a slapstick comedy. Ben's Stiller's character and acting is particularly bringing this whole house down. Yes, we agree that this is a comedy film, but the element of fear would give it more realism and engagement from the audience. It makes the whole comedy forced and therefore less effective.
The film may lead us to laugh through another bunch of great men and women in history, but the story still centers around a man desperately searching for his happiness and meaning. And while his story may also be our own, real happiness may not be in attaining the impossible, but in appreciating the ones we already have but we take them for granted. Let this be the time to thank them and show them how much we love them.