Jul 22, 2008

National Treasure II- The Search for More Money

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.

6 comments:

Tracie said...

I also liked it, but not as much as the first one. I was the one who kept critiquing during the movie.

And honey, I like Ed Harris so there.

When did you put a word verification on your blog? I guess I don't comment much.

lynette said...

We just rented this movie too and I liked (not love) it as well. Funny story--at the end, when that one guy sacrificed himself so the others could get out, Carly bawled! She's so tender-hearted.

Heather said...

I bought that movie for the family, and honestly?

We just love the feel of a good old fashioned Treasure Hunt.

We all love movies like that. My favorite scene is the impossible but could be possible kidnapping of the movie president.

Ross & Amanda Goodman said...

Ross and I liked that the handsome, young, Republican president had a striking resemblance to Mitt Romney. . .

Ross & Amanda Goodman said...

PS- I like Ed Harris too!

Erin said...

I, too, found it entertaining. We watched it for one of our date nights where we don't leave the house. I liked the first one better.