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Soundtrack review: Night at the museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (Alan Silvestri – 2009)

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The second “Night at the museum” film score starts even better than the first one. The main theme is sweeping and puts me in a great mood within two minutes of the score’s start. I love it when that happens. No slow start, no taking its time, the adventure just starts.

I find myself enjoying this one more than the first. The action cues sound more exciting, the score moves at a better pace and I rarely feel the need to skip a track. Alan Silvestri just guides his orchestra to soaring heights and makes “Battle of the Smithsonian” so much more than a simple fantasy score. “The tablet” and “Escape in the Wright flyer” are some of the most exhilarating adventure cues Silvestri has impressed me with and I am giddy with joy when I hear them. The quiet and fun moments also have something that puts them above average.

Just like the first score, and just like the movie, this is to be enjoyed in the moment. Even if it’s better than the first “Night at the museum” score, I won’t be replaying this one very often. I am happy to have discovered it and I can’t wait to hear the third one, because there’s still a lot to enjoy from this trilogy of scores.

Cue rating: 71 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 24 / 50

Album excellence: 49%

 

Highlights:

Night At The Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

This Night Is Their Last

The Tablet

Escape In Wright Flyer

Victory Is Ours

Goodbye

Museum Open Late

 

About the author

Mihnea Manduteanu

I have been listening to film music for 25 years and writing about it since 2014. I've written over 1000 reviews and I can't imagine myself doing anything else. I am also a member of IFMCA (International Film Music Critics Association).

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