Family Movietime: Night at the Museum Secret of the Tomb
The final installment in the series, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb hopes to bring the story to a fitting closure. Ben Stiller is still Larry now in charge of the Night Program at the Planetarium when lots of unexpected things go wrong and all of the museum exhibits start to go haywire. The tablet of Ahkmenrah is also starting to tarnish. When the incident results in Dr. McPhee (Ricky Gervais) getting fired, and Larry wanting to fix what’s making all the figures do things out of character, forget they even know Larry or age unexpectedly he figures he must figure out how to repair the tablet.
While the original takes please in the Museum of Natural History and the 2nd moves to DC and the massive Smithsonian including my favorite museum the Air & Space Museum the final moves to London and the British museum. Larry in a quest to figure out what is wrong with with the tablet finds out that Ahkmenrah’s parents are housed in a different museum and sets out to find out the secret of the tablet. While I mostly enjoyed the previous 2 films there was clearly something about this that seemed weird. For starters it seems to ignore the bulk of the 2nd film. The main villain is Ahkmenrah’s older brother Kahmunrah but head to London to get the secret from his father Merenkahre (Ben Kingsley) They point out that the whole purpose of the tablet was because he was so loved and so wanted that it was all created for him.
While your favorites happily stow away to help Larry on the journey Teddy Roosevelt (Robin Williams) Jed (Owen Wilson), Octavius (Steve Coogan), Attila (Patrick Gallagher), Sacajawea (Mizuo Peck), and yes Dexter the monkey along with the now 17 year old Nicky (Skyler Gisondo) They open your eyes to yet another amazing museum. Its definitely a great thing to see the inside of the museum especially since its the only 1 of the 3 I’ve never been inside. They also bring in new characters who reside in that museum including Lancelot (Dan Stevens) and the night guard Tilly (Rebel Wilson). They even tie it back to the first film even more by bringing back Cecil (Dick Van Dyke) who knows a lot more than he admitted to in the first film.
Its rather funny but the cameos are a little out there. Without spoiling it lets just say the detour to Camelot the stage play was much too long and much to studio showing off. Its also very nice that they reincorporated the late Mickey Rooney and did a dedication to him and the beloved Robin Williams at the end.
Night at the Museum 3 is going to be a kid and parent friendly film, it toes the line but most of those jokes will go well over their heads. If you enjoy the franchise this is an enjoyable finale even if it does have you wondering why almost all references to the 2nd film are absent. As an added bonus all you Downton Abbey fans get to see what Matthew Crowley has been up to.
My Rating: The kids will be happy go for it
Director: Shawn Levy
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Release Date: December 19, 2014
Run time: 97 minutes
MPAA Rating: PG