Last night we finally saw National Treasure 2. We rented it, as we often do, from McNeil video about a month ago, only to discover the DVD was missing. Well, it's been found so we took it again, and after a long long long long long long wait, watched it.
And I liked it.
It's strange, I've read many reviews of people hating it, many reviews of people liking it, as well as heard from different family members, all of who I respect and agree with many of their opinions (especially pertaining to movies) who disagreed that it was a waste of time and horrible, and others that said it was more fun and better than the first one.
Now, notice I didn't say I loved it. I think that like many sequels, it had the curse of living up to the first one. I mean, when you find the greatest treasure in the world the first movie, what do you do for the second? You find El Dorado, I mean Akator, I mean Cibola. Yeah. Right on.
Now, the movie was fun, I love the characters old and new (minus Ed Harris- who keeps hiring this guy? He's like Kevin Costner and John Malkovitch combined) but it just didn't have the suspense, fun and pop of the first movie. The plot was a little contrived, but not so much that it ruined my enjoyment. I was just happy to see them find the City of Gold and it NOT be run by aliens. (See, George Lucas? It CAN be done!) I told Tracie "if this movie has aliens, I will swear off movies forever." I got a little nervous when they read the book of Secrets and saw a chapter called "Area 51." But, no aliens, so I can still watch movies. Phew.
All in all, it's one of those movies that makes ME want to write movies, for the simple reason that I know I could do better.
Still, a good effort and enough to make me excited for National Treasure 3.