NATIONAL TREASURE: BOOK OF SECRETS
December 21, 2007, at AMC 24 in Frisco, Texas
For me, despite all naysaying criticism, National Treasure is a favorite movie to watch again and again. It’s classic adventure and completely family-friendly. I have never been offended by one minute of the film, and I enjoy jumping around the country from clue to clue in search of adventure and, yes, treasure. It’s pure and enjoyable, and I’d be happy to follow the trail even if I never receive a payoff in the end. I expected nothing less from Book of Secrets, and it completely delivered.
I knew I would spend the film bouncing from one historical moment to the next, if only audibly, but I never dreamed that we would have the bonus treat to visit locations in England and Paris, as well. If I have any complaint it’s that I would have enjoyed a much more international adventure, picking up clues around the world that would all lead back to America. But that would have required a much longer film and much deeper mystery, and I suppose filmmakers don’t believe a “popcorn flick” can sustain a viewer’s attention beyond a prime time television time frame. Book of Secrets did a good job of captivating its audience, and in the process may have educated many, as well. And this has always been one of my favorite things about the films: that such an adventure, suitable for all ages, would also teach of our nation’s history deserves bonus points in my book.
Book of Secrets is not perfect, of course, and I have to reserve my final opinions until I have a chance to see it several more times, but it’s great fun and worth time and money. It’s best seen on a large screen with highest sound quality, but I believe it will also hold up on repeated DVD viewings, too. I look forward to hearing again all of the historical notations that simply flew past me while trying to solve the puzzles of the clues, and I’m curious about the validity of these notations. This, too, is a reason I love these movies, for they motivate me to delve deeper into true history of the United States. Not many movies can boast that.
When I first saw National Treasure, I instantly determined a favorite element of the mystery – that of the multi-lensed glasses found at Independence Hall. Though I’ve now seen the film dozens of times, it is still my favorite piece of the story. With Book of Secrets, the very same thing happened. The president’s desk that sits in the Oval Office and its companion housed in the study of the Queen of England are my favorite “characters” in the film. These will be what I remember most when someone mentions this sequel. Although, there is a phenomenal segment within the Library of Congress that visually rivals an Indiana Jones film. My childlike heart will run to both moments with every mention of Book of Secrets.