FOR those of you who didn’t see the first film, don’t worry, you can soon catch up with the plot in the second.

As the sequel to Night at the Museum, this latest blockbuster brings much of the same – the same characters, same cast and same plot but just set in a different museum.

The hero is once again Larry Daley (Ben Stiller), an ex-museum night guard for New York’s Museum of Natural History, who has become a successful businessman and inventor.

Larry goes back to the Museum to find all the exhibits, including Teddy Roosevelt (Robin Williams) and the miniature Jedediah cowboy (Owen Wilson) and Roman Emperor Octavious (Steve Coogan) being packed away for storage – as he learns that today’s generation of children want interactive and technological displays instead.

The exhibits are shipped off, but following a distressed call from Jedediah, Larry heads off to the archive department of the world’s biggest museum – the Smithsonian in Washington DC – to help save his friends.

Here he meets new exhibits – the annoyingly lisping Egyptian ruler Kah Mun Rah, Ivan the Terrible, Al Capone and Napoleon Bonaparte – who once brought to life during the night, plan to unleash the underworld army and take over the world.

Therefore it is left to Larry and Amelia Earhart (Amy Adams) to stop them and a battle between good and evil soon ensues.

But of course the goodies overcome the baddies and Larry gets all of his old friends back to the New York’s Museum of Natural History, where he also returns as the museum night guard.

There are not many sequels which square up to the first film, and although the original wasn't a mind-blowing award winner, this film is definitely a case of less is more. It should have really stayed on the cutting room floor. But if your child enjoyed the first film, I’m sure they will like the second – and probably a good film for entertaining them in the school holidays – but for the adults it is unfortunately a long and tedious hour and a half.