Thursday, January 10, 2008

Movie Review: National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets


I loved the first National Treasure. It was funny, the history and clue-chasing were great, the historic sites were cool. So I was eagerly anticipating the newest edition. I was semi-disappointed in a couple aspects, but pretty happy overall. I would say it's worth it to see if you liked the first one.

* Disappointment #1: There was a lack of good, strong clues and not as much history-buff level info in there. The clues that were followed were very simple, not as complex as the original. It was kinda like both the characters and clue-leavers from centuries past were saying "Oh, we've been here, done this, everyone knows there are clues, let's make it faster, not waste our time, and get to the bar to down a cold one. And then Nick Cage can get the girl again faster."

* Disappointment #2: The predictability. This came in two ways..."Oh, the big hidden room with dusty stuff that lights up by giant oil rivers lit by a sconce from the wall." or "Oh, a giant staircase/ladder/shaky standing platform that will crumble because there are too many people on it and the bad guy tries to leave us on it." But also, if anyone saw Treasure Hunters on NBC, you knew where they were going to go.

* Good stuff #1: The lines were really funny, and the timing on the delivery was great.

* Good stuff #2: Nicholas Cage and Jon Voigt play off of eachother really well. They are funny together. Put them in more movies together. And Helen Mirren (I have no clue how to spell any of these peoples' names) as Nick Cage's mom was hilarious.

* Good stuff #3: The predictability. In a way, the "big hidden room with dusty stuff that lights up by giant oil rivers lit by a sconce from the wall." or "a giant staircase/ladder/shaky standing platform that will crumble because there are too many people on it and the bad guy tries to leave us on it" have quickly become signatures of the National Treasure series. Which is kinda cool to have done by movie #2.

* Good stuff #4: Justin Bartha. I may add him to my "list."

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