Thursday, December 18, 2014

Third ‘Night at the Museum’ Totally Redeems Itself

Review of the Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
(L-R) Ahkmenrah’s (Rami Malek), Sacagawea (Mizuo Peck), Attila the Hun 
(Patrick Gallagher), Larry Daley (Ben Stiller), Nick Daley (Skyler Gisondo) and 
Sir Lancelot (Dan Stevens) 20th Century Fox
Ben Stiller’s first Night at the Museum (2006) was a fun and clever movie about a museum security guard who is surprised to find on his first night that all of the artifacts come to life when the sun goes down. When the sequel, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, came out in 2009, it proved that all involved should have not have bothered. The film took away all of the likeable characters in favor to introduce new ones who were not as charming as the original set and featured a convoluted storyline. Many will be surprised to learn that the second sequel, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, rights all of the wrongs of the second film and finishes off the series nicely.


This time around, Director Shawn Levy and crew bring back everything that worked well with the first movie and improved upon it. There appears to be no reference to the second movie, including the character of Amelia Earhart (Amy Adams), who played the love interest for Larry Daley, the security guard (Ben Stiller). It is as if she, or any of the other Smithsonian characters for that matter, never existed. Instead, the story takes place years later with Larry convincing Dr. McPhee (Ricky Gervais) that the characters come to life as a form of special effects. All the characters come together for a special gala at the museum to put on a show when some strange force causes the characters to malfunction (for lack of a better word). This leads Larry to travel to the British Museum in hopes of finding an answer. However, he is surprised to find out that he packed along a few stowaways as well. This makes his job tougher for him, but a lot more fun for us.

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