Night at the Museum is probably one of the most popular children’s films of the 21st century, and has been increasingly ever present within the film world in recent years. It seems as if you cannot go to a museum nowadays without some smug idiot saying ‘huh imagine if that dinosaur came to life huh’. It’s easily safe to say that the Night at the Museum franchise has been a popular one!
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb is the third and final instalment to the trilogy. Again the story follows our favourite night guard Larry Daley (Ben Stillar) and his quest to save the exhibits from yet another tragedy put in their path. This time our favourite artefacts and Larry hit London as they must return the tablet of Ahkmenrah, an Egyptian artifact which causes the exhibits to come to life, before the magic disappears.
One of the best features of the Night at the Museum films is the variety and diversity of the characters. In the first film we saw a range of different characters from Dexter the capuchin monkey to Attila the Hun and similarly in the second film another plethora of different characters brought to life such as Darth Vader, miniature Einstein bobble heads and even Amelia Earhart. Sadly in the Secret of the Tomb the character list is cut way down, only a few of the ‘originals’ have lead roles and there are a small number of characters in the London museum so often the film feels quite bare.
The plot for Secret of the Tomb is also by far the weakest of the trilogy. For starters it follows a similar pattern of Night at the Museum 2 in that the cast must leave New York and visit a different museum. Whilst I have no issues with the locations of any of the films, I feel as if the third film could have been executed with a bit more detail as the story jumps from New York to London in the blink of an eye. This was just the beginning of a series of poor story writing decisions as from here on you find yourself asking ‘what was the point of that’ numerous times throughout. And don’t even get me started on the ending! The finale was a bigger anti-climax than Y2K!
Despite the negatives, there is no denying that it is a funny film, aided by its star studded cast. Obviously the usual suspects like Ben Stillar and the late Robin Williams perfectly execute their roles, but it is the inclusion of the hilarious Rebel Wilson who steals the limelight. Rebel stars as the security guard for the London museum and her weirdness and strange oddities make this one of her best roles to date! It was also refreshing to see that 20th Century Fox had veered away from the stereotype that most security guards are men.
To buy or not to buy? – This is by no means a bad film and is definitely watchable but don’t be in any rush to pick it up. For Netflix users in the UK it is available to watch now.