MOVIE REVIEW: “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” stars Ben Stiller (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Zoolander), Robin Williams (Jumanji, Mrs. Doubtfire), Owen Wilson (The Internship, Bottle Rocket), Steve Coogan (The Other Guys, Philomena), Ricky Gervais (The Invention of Lying, Cemetery Junction), Skyler Gisondo (The Amazing Spider-Man, Halloween ), Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey, The Fifth Estate), Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect, Bridesmaids), Rami Malek (Need for Speed, Short Term 12), Patrick Gallagher (Sideways, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World), Mizuo Peck (A Case of You, Night at the Museum), Crystal the Monkey (The Hangover Part II, We Bought a Zoo), Ben Kingsley (Schindler’s List, Hugo), Dick Van Dyke (Diagnosis Murder [TV Series], Mary Poppins), Mickey Rooney (The Fox and the Hound, National Velvet), Bill Cobbs (Oz the Great and Powerful, The Color of Money), and Hugh Jackman (Les Miserables , The Wolverine). In this final installment of the “Night of the Museum” franchise, we find Larry (Stiller) still running the museum as the night guard. The museum has gotten big because of the showing of the exhibits come to life at night, saying that it’s “special effects.” Everything goes wrong though when Ahkmenrah (Malek) shows Larry that the tablet that brings them to life is slowly decaying and in turn making the exhibits act weird which could eventually lead to death. So to figure out how to fix it, Larry and his friends have to go to London to a museum that holds Ahkmenrah’s parents because they are the only ones who know how to fix it.
“Night at the Museum” is a franchise that I really enjoy. If you read my review for “Sahara”, you know how I am really interested in movies that has to do (or related to) treasure hunting and/or history. These films always bring joy to me because of the characters, the story, and how funny it is. The first one is considered a classic, the second one was good for a sequel, and this one…..well…..it wasn’t what I had envisioned it to be. Out of all three of the movies, this one will come last in ranking. The story was average. It had a great beginning and was promising, showing all the charm, wonder, and mystery that the other two represented. It even brought back some characters from the first movie that didn’t show in the second one (Dick Van Dyke, Mickey Rooney, and Bill Cobbs). As it got towards the middle, a good bit of the story shifted. It wasn’t mostly about the saving of the museum anymore, but more so about Larry’s relationship with his son Nikki (Gisondo), who by the way is played by a different actor. I didn’t like this story arc all that much. This movie would have been much better if they developed the story to focus on the museum rather than injecting father-son bonding time every 10 minutes of the film. The acting was great, of course, with everyone holding up their own part. It was bittersweet to see Robin Williams and Mickey Rooney on the screen because of their passing. I haven’t reviewed a Robin Williams movie since “The Butler” and I haven’t reviewed a single one for Rooney. Rooney has lived a long, fruitful life and Williams’s should’ve been longer. Along with the acting came the characters and they were great. Sir Lancelot (Stevens) was a great addition as well as Laa (Stiller) who was a hilarious caveman. This film still proved that the movies are funny and it will have you chuckling in most moments. The special effects and action scenes were good, having improved overtime, but that’s what happens with technology. Other than the things I mentioned before about the plot, the only other thing I can think of for a con would be how short it felt. This movie felt really short and being how a good bit of it wasn’t even about the museum was kind of sad. I felt they could have done more with it. Overall this movie was okay for what it is and is definitely a fun adventure for the whole family! FINAL SCORE: 75%= Juicy Popcorn
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