Opening in theatres from director Shawn Levy and 20th Century Fox is the highly anticipated visit to one of the best places on earth with NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: Secret of the Tomb.
Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) is still in charge at the museum during the night and loving his job. Getting the nighttime inhabitants together for a gala fundraiser, they would include: Teddy Roosevelt (Robin Williams), Jedediah (Owen Wilson), Octavius (Steve Coogan), Atilla the Hun (Patrick Gallagher), Sacajawea (Mizuo Peck), Ankmenrah (Rami Malek) and Dexter the monkey.
During the event things begin to go wrong as Teddy slurs his speech and the animals go wild. Looking for an answer to the chaos, Ankmenrah and Larry find that the tablet that allows all things to happen at night is losing its powers. The only person who knows how to fix the problem his Merenkahre (Ben Kingsley), Ankmenrah’s father!
Needing help they go to Dr. McPhee (Ricky Gervais) to discover that the Pharaoh is in the London Museum. Loading up, Larry, son Nick (Skyler Gisondo) and the tablet make their way across the sea. Inside the museum they meet Sir Lancelot (Dan Stevens) who has come alive for the first time!
Finding the Egyptian exhibit, Merenkahre explains that the answer lies in the power of the moon but Lancelot has other ideas. Now the chase is on to find lost friends and catch the moon before the evening ends!
FINAL WORD: Stiller as Larry puts finality in this film to this character that is not only well done but very cool. I have always enjoyed this particular character above many that Stiller has done, probably because each one of the Museum films could easily stand on their own. I’m not a fan, normally, of films that attempt to top themselves with a second or third part feeling a sense of overkill. Not so with this third installment and appreciate everything Stiller brought to the Museum trilogy.
The full gang is here and reprising their roles is fun, funny and endearing. There isn’t one bad performance in the bunch but in fact completely family fun oriented! The addition of Kingsley as Merenkahre is a little funny considering he also has a role in EXODUS: Gods and Kings playing a Hebrew slave.
Wilson and Coogan are still hilarious as Jedediah and Octavius, but then again this isn’t news is it? Malek as the young Egyptian hasn’t aged a day! Gisondo as Nick is a young man who wants to explore the world but Dad wants a plan that includes college.
Gervais puts in his appearance as the museums curator and Rain Wilson as a guard at the London Museum putting in her own flair for our amusement. Stevens as Lancelot gets a chance to be a brave sword swinger with a weird moment on the stage of a London theatre – look for that!
Williams, what is there to say about Teddy except this is a bitter sweet moment for man of his fans. Loving that his role is there in all it’s glory and humor, the most touching scene of all is between Teddy and Larry in the final moments before dawn – yes, it got me pretty good. Tissue please!
Other cast include Rebel Wilson as Tilly, Dick Van Dyke as Cecil, Mickey Rooney as Gus, Bill Cobbs as Reginald, and Brad Garrett as Easter Island Head.
TUBS OF POPCORN: I give NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: Secret of the Tomb four tubs of popcorn out of five. This is definitely a film that families should get together and go see this weekend! It’s filled with all the characters we have enjoyed from the beginning and a few new ones that add even more fun to the film.
It is action packed, really funny, the special effects are really well done, the storyline does the film justice, the cast is just stellar together and the final scenes are endearing, special and a fantastic way to say farewell to a museum that is so very special.
In the end – one final night to save the day!