Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb Film Review

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I love these movies but I didn’t think there was much left to do with the franchise. While this is true, the third (and probably final) instalment is brilliant. I enjoyed it way more than I expected to and I haven’t laughed out loud that frequently in a cinema for a long time.

Stiller returns as security guard Larry, who discovers the magical tablet of Ahkmenrah, which brings the museum to life each night, is starting to deteriorate and the exhibits are starting to malfunction. Larry must embark on an adventure to London to find the owner of the tablet so he can fix the problem and save the museum’s much-loved exhibits.

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I love the characters in these movies, especially Dexter the monkey, Owen Wilson as miniature cowboy Jedediah and Steve Coogan as gladiator Octavius, and all the best-loved ones return for this movie and come along for the trip to London. It is great to see so much of Robin William’s Teddy Roosevelt, especially considering this was the last movie he shot before his death. It made the character’s final moments in the movie rather poignant. There are some brilliant additions to the cast like Dan Stevens as Sir Lancelot. He was hilarious and it was nice to see Stevens showing he can do comedy.

It is on par with the original instalment and follows the same format as the others – new museum, new living artefacts to encounter. It is still so funny that you don’t really care that the storyline is original and very thin on the ground – the secret to fixing the tablet is so basic that you go, ‘Oh, is that it?’ Their main quest has a very simple solution.

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There were so moments of pure genius such as a certain cameo sequence with a HUGE A-list star that is so funny because he is playing himself and referencing his movies in such a meta way. I won’t reveal who it is – you have to find out for yourself. Other great moments include Jedediah and Octavius ending up in a Pompeii exhibit. There were a couple of things that didn’t work for me like Larry’s Neanderthal doppelganger Laa and Rebel Wilson’s character (but that was because her English accent was all over the place).

This is a great family film – but adults will enjoy it more. There were some lines that the children simply wouldn’t get. For example, it is hinted that Octavius is a closet homosexual. The ending is bittersweet and definitely ties up Larry’s involvement with the museum. However, Wilson’s character could end up taking over, but I hope that doesn’t happen as her accent was awful.

I enjoyed this a ton and came out with a huge smile on my face. They certainly ended the franchise on a high note. I also felt a bit emotional after seeing the dedication to Robin in the credits which read ‘magic never ends’. Go see!

Released Friday 

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