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Review by Suzanne 2/20/07

The Librarian - Quest for the Spear (2004) and The Librarian - Return to King Solomon's Mines (2006)

The Librarian - Quest for the Spear DVD cover photo The Librarian - Return to King Solomon's Mines DVD cover

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 romance.

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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