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Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014)

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014)


Ben Stiller
Robin Williams
Owen Wilson
Steve Coogan
Dan Stevens
Ben Kingsley

Directed by Shawn Levy

I wasn’t expecting much from this movie. The first part delivered all the required excitement that a night guard could have at a museum that comes to life when the moon is out.
I enjoyed seeing the oldies (Dick Van Dyke, Mickey Rooney and Bill Cobbs play Cecil, Gus and Reginald respectively) playing the bad guys in the first Night at the Museum, and the fun mostly is the energy and stamina that Dick Van Dyke displayed when he played the ring leader of the antagonists in the first part.

For me it you want to enjoy this movie series just watch the first part, this part three was not it for me, I was bored after 20 minutes, but seeing Dick Van Dyke at 88 years old move, dance when all three oldies were at the Retirement home was an enjoyable sight.
The whole cast were called back to reprise their roles, from Owen Wilson to Robin Williams, although both Williams (suicide) and Rooney (natural) died before the movie was released.

Here in this part, the tablet of Ahkmenrah which brings the museum to life every night, is becoming corrosive and losing its power causing the museum characters to misbehave and edge towards wax even at night. Larry (Ben Stiller) decided to investigate the origin of the tablet and discovered that Cecil was the young boy who discovered the tablet years ago.
He meets up with Cecil and the other two retired guards at the retirement home and Cecil suggest that Larry meets with Ahkmenrah parents in the British museum where they are kept for answers. A new adventure began, where they had to get the tablet outside facing the moon so it can be restored. The only obstacle in their way is Sir Lancelot (Dan Stevens) who thinks the tablet is the Holy Grail and stole it, hoping to use it to win the heart of his beloved Guinevere.

Again the CGI in this movie was exceptional, but like the second part Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009), Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb was so not needed. The idea that any movie that did well in the box office should go ahead and be a trilogy should be shelved, it is becoming boring.

My take of this movie is, although I’m a huge fan of Ben Stiller, the late Robin Williams, Dick Van dyke and Owen Wilson, they were not enough to give this movie a reason to own the DVD collection.


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