by Lorie Lewis Ham
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This is the third, and from what I could tell likely the final, installment of the Night at the Museum movies. The first two were a lot of fun, and Secret of the Tomb did not disappointment either, as too often sequels do. However, this one had it’s sadder and more serious sides to it as well.
Secret of the Tomb begins with Larry (Ben Stiller) and the group at the museum having turned the curse that brings them alive each night into a full on extravaganza and this night they are putting on their biggest show yet for a group of very important people (everyone thinks that Larry is some sort of special effects genius now and his new title is director of nighttime operations instead of just the night guard). But for some reason the tablet that brings them to life is becoming corrupted and all of the museum characters start acting strange creating chaos and causing the museum director (Ricky Gervais) to be fired. Larry is worried that the deterioration will continue and all of his museum friends will go back to just being artifacts and wax figures. So he talks to Ahkmenrah (Rami Malek) from their Egyptian exhibit that the tablet is a part of, to see if he knows what to do–he says they must speak to his father, as he is the only one who knows how the tablet works. So the group packs up and heads off to London, along with Larry’s son Nick (Skyler Gisondo), to visit the British Museum where Ahkmenrah’s father and mother are. They take the tablet to the museum and all sorts of craziness happens when the exhibits there come to life for the first time.
I think this may be my favorite of this series of movies because not only do you have the fun of these wonderful and hilarious characters, but you also get some added drama including that of Nick growing up and Larry struggling with letting him go. The new setting brings in a lot of fun new characters, my favorite being Sir Lancelot (Dan Stevens)–one of his scenes is my favorite of the whole movie and includes a very special cameo–I won’t say more so I don’t give it away. The family drama, the loyalty and love of friendship, a fun adventure, and the sadness of a chapter coming to an end make this a wonderful family movie. There were also several really fun cameos. I have to say there were some very touching moments that nearly had me in tears, even though this is a comedy. One very sad thing about this movie was seeing Robin Williams in one of his final films (Teddy Roosevelt)–it is still so hard to believe he’s gone.
If you are looking for a fun night at the movies for the entire family, do not miss Secret of the Tomb. But if you haven’t seen the first two Night at the Museum movies yet, go rent them first as you will miss a lot just jumping in here.
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