Larry (Ben Stiller) is back with his torch light, uniform and of course his fellow museum friend whom come alive at midnight. With many years of dancing at curfew and causing mischief at the Museum, the golden tablet which keeps them alive begins to decay. Decay of the tablet is somewhat a warning of a curse decades ago, which seems to be ignored. This distortion of the tablet causes the characters or if you like ‘special effects’ to ultimately break-down and lose life. A few of the ‘main’ characters set out with Larry and his son to the British Museum where Ahkmenrahs’ (Rami Malek) parents reside and thus will have the answers to this curse. Of course a whole new adventure lies within the British Museum, where we see action, comedy and emotion.
The third Night at the Museum, Directed by Shawn Levy isn’t much different to the first or second. There’s nothing novel within the film, except for the fact that we’re shifted to a different country and yet another museum. The main plot line is discovering the solution of this decaying tablet, where time is not in their favour. Indeed it has some great comedic twists which we can relate to and a plight of action through new, dangerous characters, such as: the nth headed snake and the boned rhino. However, I didn’t feel full satisfied with the outcome of the Film, I was expecting more. We’re introduced to a few new characters in the museum, which look beautiful but don’t cover enough screen time. Seeing new pieces in the museum ‘alive’ for first time in a different museum gave the film an awing moment. These CGI effects looked stunning where they deserved more attention than a split 5 second shot.
Ben Stiller predominately was the main protagonist of the film (as always). But not just one, he played another role: the hairy caveman (Laaa). Indeed, as the security guard Stiller came across slightly more arrogant and fed-up of the adventures, though he still seeped through the action and didn’t do a bad job at it. There were moments where his character seemed grumpy and too talkative, but I guess he’s been like that since the first film. As for the caveman, who looks a bit like Tom Cruise, Stiller did a fantastic performance. It was comedic, realistically shot and it gave a new layer to the film.
Character development was hardly touched upon, whereby the main protagonists simply recycled what we already knew about them. In fact they didn’t seem to have much dialogue nor involvement, other than following Larry and his orders. Sir Lancelot (Dan Stevens) was partially a good addition to the character trio. His persona came off as egotistical and became slightly irritating as the film progressed. Larry’s son, Nick (Skylar Gisondo) had a bigger part in the role. The whole father-son relationship provided an emotional side to the film and the future-career aspect brought attention to a parental moral. Pals, Jedediah (Owen Wilson) and Octavious (Steve Coogen) hardly progressed from the second or first film. Their friendship was indeed strong and the chase scenes again was irrelevant as it provided nothing new. Robin Williams did a great performance, where he fulfilled his role as Teddy Roosevelt. We saw moments of bravery, and a strong focus on his and Larry’s friendship. Although Williams lacked dialogue in the film, the one scene in the film where he’s jumped into the painting, was applaudible.
Rebel Wilson was a great addition to the Night at the Museum sequel. Her short part in the trailer definitely gave the comedy aspect some promise. As the British museum night guard her immediate introduction was effortless and she would crack you up every time. Her snappy dialogue and ‘truthful’ humour kept the film going.
Overall, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb created a new adventure and a few new characters, however the film as a whole lacked the core comedy and narrative progression. It all seemed a little flat, where some scenes seemed more forced than the others. Newer characters and effects of the British Museum were far to rushed and deserved to be absorbed more. The main characters felt as if they were simply following Larry’s orders, where they didn’t have a say on their own. On a lighter note, Rebel Wilson brought comedy to the table, her small part was fulfilling to watch. The monkey Dexter (Crystal) was used more and we saw a progression on its kindness. Dr.Mcphee (Ricky Gervais) seemed crazier than before and his laugh was annoying.
A good family film, but don’t expect too much.
My Rating: 5.5/10
Written by: Meera Darji