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Primetime Show Reviews
Review by Suzanne 2/20/07
The Librarian - Quest for the Spear (2004) and
The Librarian - Return to King Solomon's Mines (2006)
I was asked to review the second movie, the sequel to the
original "The Librarian", which debuted on TNT at Christmas. I had not seen the
original, but I wanted to see it and had just missed it. I had missed both, in
fact, so I was delighted to watch both movies. I love Noah Wyle from his time on
ER and the movie ads made them look fun. I was not disappointed.
These are fun movies about a hapless nerd who finds his inner
potential to be an adventurer. He is very smart and educated, but he has never
experienced \life because of all of his schooling, living at home with his mom,
and not dating much. In the first movie, he applies for a job at the
Metropolitan Museum, thinking it is a regular museum or library job, but really
it is a job that requires him to travel around the world, saving precious and
sacred artifacts before the bad guys can get them. He finds out that there have
been many librarians before him.
I was delighted to find a great cast in the first movie,
including Bob Newhart, one of my favorites, Jane Curtin, Olympia Dukakis, and
another favorite, Kyle MacLachlan. The movies are fun, sort of like the
adventure movies "The Mummy" and "Indiana Jones". They are not heavy, being made
for TV, and could be easily enjoyed by children and teens. They are not dumbed-down
for kids, however, so adults can enjoy them as well. They are original stories,
but they are somewhat derivative of those other movies (and more like them), but
they are still fun adventure stories, and also have plenty of laughs and
In some ways, I liked the second movie even better. I think the
plot was better. While trying to find King Solomon's Mines, Flynn (played by
Wyle) learns along the way that his beloved uncle is the one who killed his
father, and that his father was also on the question for the mines. He falls for
another "brainy" type, Emily. I liked her better than the Amazon-like woman of
the first movie.
Parts of the second movie reminded me of Harry Potter with the
flying swords etc., and at first I thought that part was silly, but it did have
a point to the plot, which came about later. I really enjoyed both movies and
look forward to watching more in the future.
You should buy these for your own enjoyment, and also for your
children. Unlike, say, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, no one is going to
be ripping anyone's heart from someone's chest. They are fun, wholesome,
and delightful. Also, they promote education and library resources, since
the hero has many phd's and knows lots of useful things that help him in his
adventures, as well as working in a library himself.
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