Release Date: December 19th 2014
Director: Shawn Levy
Writers: David Guion (screenplay), Michael Handelman (screenplay), Mark Friedman (story), David Guion (story), Michael Handelman (story), Thomas Lennon (characters), Robert Ben Garant (characters).
Main Cast: Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Steve Coogan, Ricky Gervais, Dan Stevens, Rebel Wilson, Ben Kingsley
Genres: Adventure | Comedy | Family | Fantasy
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for mild action, some rude humor and brief language
Get ready for the wildest and most adventure-filled Night At the Museum ever as Larry (Ben Stiller) spans the globe, uniting favorite and new characters while embarking on an epic quest to save the magic before it is gone forever.
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb is the third, and final, installment of the Night at the Museum saga. It follows Night at the Museum and Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian. This last chapter is an entertaining and fitting end to the series.
The entire cast is back for the last hurrah, Larry Daily (Ben Stiller), Dexter, Teddy Roosevelt (Robin Williams), Sacagawea (Mizuo Peck), Octavius (Steve Coogan), and Jedediah (Owen Wilson) set off on a mission to save the magic which allows them to come to life. Their mission takes the entire cast to London and the British Museum where Ahkmenrah’s Tablet wakes a museum full of artifacts that have never before been awake. It makes for a fun ride.
The ensemble’s comedy bits are funny even in this “third time’s the charm” adventure. There are a few subplots which are great in keeping the story moving. I could watch a new movie with just Octavius and Jedediah (the miniatures), and still be very entertained. Hilarious! Dexter is always funny. And, of course, it was nice to see Robin Williams in a new movie one last time.
Aside from the comedy, there are some family themes which many of us can appreciate. Through Larry’s relationship with his son, there were positive messages about growing up, making the right choices in life and fulfilling one’s dreams. Any movie which might serve to inspire my children is okay with me.
The special effects are outstanding. I was blown away by the constellations in the observatory. Usually it takes 3D effects to make a movie come to life, but this film could not have been made any better. There is a scene at near the end with Larry and Dexter which made me mist-up a bit. The effects are done so well that I forgot that a lot of that is CGI.
Don’t miss this one. It is a lot of fun. Great for all ages. Wonderful for the holidays. When the film was over I was sad that I wouldn’t see a fourth installment of the hijinks. That’s how much my family and I enjoyed it.