(SPOILER WARNING!!! This article does contain spoilers, if you haven’t seen the movie, just see the first paragraph to be informed without spoilers!!!)
Night of the Museum: Secret of the Tomb was definitely the least intelligent, funny, and fun of the three movies in this trilogy, the movie did give a sense of closure, but it is a not a great way to end a franchise. Rating: 2.5 out of 5 Stars.
I can honestly say I was a fan of the first Night of the Museum movie. I liked the idea of famous historical figures in a museum comes to life, and tries to wreck havoc, with a night security trying to control everything. It was fun too watch, and I really enjoyed the soundtrack of this movie as well. Loved seeing Robin Williams playing President Theodore Roosevelt. They also had Dick Van Dyke played a somewhat villainous role in that movie as well. Whoever thought of that was genius. They did made a sequel called Night at the Museum: Battle at the Smithsonian which took a step back, but it was still fun to watch and meeting more new characters. So at the very least, i thought for the third movie it will be fun to watch, unfortunately I was wrong. I will start with what I like, the so so, to what I didn’t like.
What I liked, there wasn’t much, but some of the new characters they introduced were pretty cool. Like the skeletal Triceratops that was suppose to be the new Rexy, and the knight Sir Lancelot, played by Dan Stevens, gave something new to the movie which was cool enough. I really did enjoy the cameo by Hugh Jackman who was a stage actor for Camelot before Sir Lancelot interrupted the show. I like how pleasant he was a his supposedly self, and he even pretended to be The Wolverine when things got out of hand. That was a funny moment. The other characters might have their roles cut down for this movie but they were still enjoyable to watch nonetheless. The Jewish slaves during Egyptian times joke was one of the few jokes that got me laughing out loud.
The so so, the story was a little weak, but they definitely talk more about the golden tablet’s power, and how it was discovered by a young Cecil Fredericks, played by Dick van Dyke, and his father. Eventually, Larry Daley, played by Ben Stiller, noticed the golden tablet was corroding which is affecting the museum’s characters, and he discovered that he needs to go to London’s historical museum to talk to Ahkmenrah’s, played by Rami Malek, father and figure out what is going on with the golden tablet. The story did answer questions on how the golden tablet’s magic came from the moon god, and it needs moonlight to refill its power. It does create a hiccup where Sir Lancelot thought the golden tablet was The Holy Grail, and wanted to bring it back to King Author, and ends up taking it for a wild goose chase. They also introduce another caveman, or neanderthal, named Laa, also played by Ben Stiller, that looked like Larry, and he thought Larry was his father. It started off funny, but it got old after a while. They did introduced Ahkmenrah’s father and mother, Merenkhare and Shepseheret, played by Ben Kingsley and Anjali Jay. It showed a nice parent and son reunion, but another role for Ben Kingsley that was too minor and wasted for a big time actor. The movie did give closure as the whole museum decided to leave the golden tablet in London, even though it meant they would not turned to life at New York. This lead for Larry to move on, and become a teacher. The closing felt right, but for a horrible movie the feeling wasn’t all there, and that was unfortunate.
What I didn’t like, it wasn’t that funny. The jokes were forced or too crude. I’m getting tired of seeing a monkey peeing on things. Sir Lancelot’s nose melting got too weird and gross. Also what is up with the gay jokes, seemed a little inappropriate, especially a movie designed for kids. the movie also shares two of the most awkward kisses I’ve seen, with the London Night Security, Tilly, played by Rebel Wilson and Laa. Just thinking about it makes me shudder. Also Larry and the monkey Dexter shared a kiss which was painfully wrong. Especially when it was suppose to be a special moment. There was a scene where I guess it was suppose to be epic, but turned out to be corny. That scene was against the so called Xiangliu, a big dragon with many heads. As they were fighting, they made it epic like, but in the end, Larry uses a difibulator to knock out the beast. The whole time I had my eyes rolling, cuz it was a stupid metal snake. Also, if the golden tablet stayed in London. How the hell, were the characters still alive in New York for Larry to say goodbye. That to me is a big writer’s mishap which wasn’t explained. They also explored Larry and his teenage son, Nicky played by Skyler Gisondo, relationship, and it wasn’t but parent and teenage son cliches out the yahoo of why son hates to be controlled by his dad, and the dad doesn’t like that he is pursuing a non guaranteed career instead of going to college. I’m really disappointed how bad this movie has become. I understand it didn’t need to be a sequel, so keep it at that, or close the trilogy right.
Overall, this movie is the worst in all aspects in this trilogy, but if you’re looking for closure, you have it. Just don’t expect it to be a tear jerker. I guess this trilogy was fun while it lasted. Ah well, that’s the way it goes sometimes!!! Final Rating: 2.5 out of 5 Stars.
This article is dedicated to the late Robin Williams. Since this is his last full movie he starred him. I wanted to take a moment to honor his comedic career. I first remember him in the movie Hook where he played Peter Pan, but my first memorable moment was his role in Mrs. Doubtfire. As I kid, I never laughed so hard in my life and that movie gave a lot of great emotion of a divorced dad trying to spend more time with his kids. I knew right there that he was great in his craft of comedy where not only he acts the character, but becomes the character. Some roles I enjoyed him in were Patch Adams, Dead Poets Society, Jumanji, and his Oscar winning performance, in my personal favorite movie, Good Will Hunting. Even his stand up was hilarious (if you haven’t seen it, do yourself a favor and watch them). He was an artist with his comedy, and appreciated that. I’m glad I saved this movie for his dedication, because in the scene where Larry was saying goodbye to Robin Williams character of President Teddy Roosevelt, I felt he was saying goodbye to all of us. It almost put a tear in my eye. It is tragic how he passed. You would think he was the most happiest man alive, but it just goes to show that we don’t know what inner demons he had. Regardless, he will be missed and be appreciated for all the great things he has done, most of all, make us laugh. Rest in peace Robin Williams!!!