MOVIE: National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007)

Okay, listen up. I LOVED the first National Treasure movie. I thought it was funny, entertaining, engaging, and just a total blast to watch. And I know I’m not alone in that, either. So, like, what gives with the response to its sequel? Suddenly, all the critics are exclaiming, “The premise of this movie is utterly ridiculous! There’s nothing believable about it whatsoever — it’s completely preposterous. I give it zero stars! ZERO!”

Unbelievable? Dude, aren’t you the same guys who raved about the Lord of the Rings trilogy? What, and you thought the Hobbits were REAL?

This movie is 100% popcorn summer movie fun. Yes, the premise is utterly ridiculous — do I really believe that Mt. Rushmore was commissioned by President Coolidge so as to disguise the location of Cibola, one of the seven Lost Cities of Gold? Do I actually need to answer that question? But at the same time, lighten up, people — it’s a comic action movie! Just relax and go with the flow already!

Book of Secrets brings back the four main characters from the first film: Ben Gates (Nicolas Cage), his hilarious geeky sidekick Riley (Justin Bartha), his now-wife Abigail (Diane Krugar), and his father, Patrick Gates (Jon Voight). (Oh, actually, there’s a fifth returnee too — Harvey Keitel as the Feebie who is having WAY too much fun chasing after the Gates family.) Added to the mix this time include the always-awesome Helen Mirren as Patrick’s estranged ex-wife (Ben’s mother) and Ed Harris as Mitch Wilkinson, the sorta-bad guy who sets the whole story in motion by accusing one of the Gates’s ancestors of being involved in the assassination of President Lincoln.

This movie has something for everyone: comic banter (for me), history that is probably outrageously inaccurate (for history buffs who like to bitch about how everybody gets it wrong — you know who you are), a cute geek (again, for me), a U.S. president who isn’t a total butthead (for all of us), kissing (ahem, also for me), chase scenes (for the boys), and nary a gratuitous naked boobie to be seen anywhere (for the girls).

Oh, and it also has Bruce Greenwood, who I have an enormous crush on, as the aforementioned non-butthead president. And is it just me or does Greenwood play the President of the United States rather a lot in movies? Bruce, I hear Obama is still looking for a running mate — throw your hat in the ring, man! From what I’ve seen, you’re absolutely smashing at running a country AND you look totally adorable while you do it. I was going to vote for John Edwards for roughly the same reason, after all. I think you have a shot! Call me — we’ll get started on the campaign plan.

And as for the rest of you, if you didn’t enjoy a single moment of this movie — not one funny line from Riley, not one action moment, not one scene with Helen Mirren — it’s time for you to pack up your UFO and return to your home planet. Here on Earth, we like to have FUN sometimes. And this? This is one of those times, people. Word.

[Netflix me | Buy me]

Genre: Action, Comedy
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Jon Voight, Justin Bartha, Diane Krugar, Helen Mirren, Bruce Greenwood (p.s. will you marry me?), Ed Harris, Harvey Keitel

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13 Responses to “MOVIE: National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007)”

  1. Jessie Says:

    Thank you, Meg! I did *not* understand why everyone was complaining about this movie. I liked it. I liked it almost exactly as much as I liked the first one, because it’s almost the exact same movie! I agree — people need to lighten up.

  2. megwood Says:

    Yay! I’m glad someone else felt the same way! And the even better news? They’re working on National Treasure 3 right now! πŸ™‚

  3. Jessie Says:

    Woo hoo! I will be there! (Granted, “there” is the dollar theater, but still.)

  4. Eva Says:

    dude, you nailed it. (Except that part about Riley being for you. Obviously he is for *me*. -hehe-) -girl fight ensues-

  5. Catherine Says:

    I love these movies! Much more entertaining than the Da Vinci Code. I have had a crush on Bruce Greenwood since he starred in the fabulous series “Nowhere Man.” It’s on DVD, and I highly recommend it. But be warned that it was cancelled after one season, so there is not a completely satisfying resolution (at least for me). Great special features on the dvds.

  6. megwood Says:

    Ooh, thanks for the tip on “Nowhere Man” — never heard of it, so it must be time to do a little Future Boyfriend research on Bruce! πŸ™‚

  7. Hokie Thoughts Says:

    Yes! Thank you! I enjoyed this movie too, and I’m sorry but if you get to marry Bruce Greenwood then I get dibs on Justin Bartha. I’m sorry, but that is the way it must be.

    I think my favorite scenes were the ones with Helen Mirren. She was an absolute hoot.

  8. megwood Says:

    Well, crud. My plan was to marry Bruce and then have a torrid affair with Justin. But I guess Justin and I can just be platonic friends instead. That’s how nice I am. πŸ˜‰

  9. Alisa Says:

    I loved the first one, but i haven’t seen this one yet.

    Hay, has anyone seen any previews for Brandon Frazier’s “Inkheart”, I’m dying to know when it comes out.

  10. Susan Says:

    Date for Inkheart has moved all over the place. Current release date is Jan. 9, 2009. You can see the trailer on this page – – near the bottom where the movie stuff is.

  11. Alisa Says:

    Kool Beans. Thanks for the info.

  12. Liz Says:

    Can’t wait to see it! The first one was so much fun! And it had the “boyfriend” in it that first led me to this site: Stewart Finlay-McLennon (sp?). The book of “The DaVinci Code” was better than the movie. The thing that’s scary is that there always seem to be some people who think these stories are supposed to be true!

    Catherine – my husband and I LOVED “Nowhere Man!” You’re the first person I ever heard (read) who watched it! Did you see Bruce Greenwood on – I think it was “St. Elsewhere?” It might have been “ER;” that show is such a dinosaur! He also played an android in something, but I forget what it was called. He’s done a lot of stuff – and is GREAT!

    Meg, this movie is going on my Netflix queue.

  13. Lorraine Says:

    I thought National Treasure 2 was not quite as good as the first but I enjoyed it and it certainly should not have been panned. It’s nice to watch Nicolas Cage without him being too crazy. And I like how the history gives the story some context. Plus the location shots are interesting.

    Liz – thanks for mentioning Stewart Finlay-McLennan. It brought a smile to my face. I would consider living in a shack in the woods to be with Dr. Neil MacNeill. Well…. maybe I could just visit several times a year πŸ˜‰

    And, Bruce Greenwood was in St Elsewhere. If you’ve never seen “Thirteen Days”, I highly recommend it. The dvd has this special feature that allows you get historical info as you are watching the movie. It’s extremely interesting. Bruce is JFK.

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