Movie Review: Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

We had been a third night out last night to see this time Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb at the Reel Cinemas at The Beach.Night-at-the-Museum-3-puntastic-posters-Tom-Cruise

The story in short: When the exhibits at New York’s Natural History Museum start behaving strangely, Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) — now the director of nighttime operations — must find out the cause. He learns that the Tablet, which magically brings Teddy Roosevelt (Robin Williams), Jedediah (Owen Wilson) and the other exhibits to life at night, has started to decay. Larry, along with his son and museum friends, must travel to London’s British Museum to learn how to prevent the Tablet’s magic from disappearing.

On such a simple idea one must come first: A bit of rust is enough for the writers as a springboard for a whole movie. Probably without knowing it, the story in all its simplicity, has a certain subtlety. Like the magical tablet also movie franchises tend to lose their power and to set certain extent rust. However, in movies, the solution is not quite so simple as in Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.

“Night at the Museum 3 follows the usual formula for sequels. The hits of the predecessor are repeated, the decor is changed and the budget for special effects are increased.

Sir Lancelot: Sir Lancelot, at your service.

Teddy Roosevelt: Theodore Roosevelt, President of the United States of America.

Sir Lancelot: I have no idea what that means.

Every time the special effect people take the stage, part 3 is great fun. But even here there are few surprises but rather variations of already known . Instead of a T.Rex now a raging Triceratops runs  through the halls. The trip to a living painting takes them this time not in the Impressionism as in the previous film but in a work of MC Escher. This after all is an attractive showpiece that á la “Inception” challenges the perception.

Unfortunately the only additional character is Sir Lancelot played by Dan Stevens who was already great in “The Guest“. I believe though that the Kingdom would have had a few more interesting people to use in this Movie.

Despite delivering in the end not much news the Movie is still a fun ride for the whole family. Against all the obvious repeats in this movie I have still enjoyed it a lot.  Sadly the last movie of the big Mickey Rooney and one of the last of Robin Williams.

Acme Blog Movie Rating: 4.5 Stars

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