Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb (2014)
Directed by Shawn Levy
Running time: 98 minutes
The things in a museum come to life every night. For the third time. But in London this time!
Well, I had nothing ready to post for today so here’s a quickie! I saw this just after Christmas but never got around to reviewing it. What can I say? I actually quite like these Night At The Museum movies. As far as “family” movies go, anyway, I think they’re far more enjoyable than some of the other terrible “family” films these days that maybe only one member of the family actually enjoys. I still say they don’t make good non-animated movies for the whole family like they used to (such as Big. I miss things like Big!) but the Night At The Museum movies are a step in the right direction.
Secret Of The Tomb is, of course, not as good as the first film but is at least better than the second one. I thought the second film was the weakest of the trilogy & went overboard on making so many exhibits come to life that the movie ended up a bit of a mess. It also forgot to focus on the main characters that we liked so much from the first movie so, in Secret Of The Tomb, they don’t make the same mistake again & they give us lots of time with our main favorites while adding only a few interesting new ones.
I’m really not a fan of Ben Stiller at ALL but I don’t mind him in this series. There’s a “Neanderthal” version of him in this one which I found pretty stupid but I’m sure he was a hit with the kids who saw this. Owen Wilson & Steve Coogan once again make a fun duo and that damn monkey is just as lovable/hateful as always. Rebel Wilson does a great job playing “Rebel Wilson as a security guard” (she’s a love her or hate her – I’m pretty sure I don’t love her) and Dan Stevens from that movie The Guest that everyone goes on about plays the biggest new addition, Sir Lancelot. We even get to briefly see Dick Van Dyke, Bill Cobbs & Mickey Rooney once again – love those guys! It was bittersweet seeing Rooney again but it just plain heartbreaking seeing Robin Williams, whose character I’ve always felt is the best thing about the Night At The Museum films. It was hard to not get teary-eyed over his final line in the film. SPOILER WARNING – this was the line:
His final line, spoken to Ben Stiller, is: “Smile, my boy. It’s sunrise.” Which, if you’ve seen the movies, you know that means day has come & the exhibits will no longer be “alive” so he goes back to being a wax figure after speaking this line. So perfect but so sad.
There’s not much else I can say about Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb other than that it’s an enjoyable film for the whole family. Some of the humor is a little silly but that’s to be expected from a family film – I still had plenty of fun watching it as an adult. Possibly the best thing about these movies, however, is that I think they’ve made plenty of kids interested in visiting museums & learning more about history. What did I do about a week after seeing this? I of course ended up making a trip into London to visit The British Museum where we were told we weren’t the first ones to ask if they actually had the big nine-headed snake thing from the movie (they don’t). However, they DO have the cute little dude in my below photo (Garuda). 🙂
My Rating: 6.5/10
Here’s a good link to check out if you plan on watching this movie then taking your kids to The British Museum: A Night At The Museum – Fact Vs Fiction
Despite the middling reviews that have plagued this film, I still want to see it – just to finish off the series. Sounds like there is some fun to be had.
Yeah – it’s definitely worth seeing if you’ve seen the rest. Not as good as the first (as to be expected) but still a good time. 🙂
Sounds fun if you are in the mood for some lightheartedness! Great writeup 🙂
Thanks, Natasha! If you like the others, you’d like this one too. Lighthearted fun is good sometimes. 🙂
Sounds reasonable! I can’t remember if I’ve seen the second one or not……
You cried at THAT???
You’d like the second one for Amy Adams in her tight pants. The first is the best by far, though.
Er… At someone’s tragic death, you mean??? You’re a cold-hearted bitch… 😉
OOOO I would like that! Good call!
I was referencing the Stone Cold Bitch Club you founded.
I don’t tend to cry over fictional movie deaths. So, no – The Fault In Our Stars had no effect on me. 😉 #StillAStoneColdBitchAndProud lol
What if I died? Would you cry?
Um. Suuuuure…… 😉
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With this and The Natural History Museum being mentioned in the Paddington film, London museums are all the rage!
Lol. I suppose that’s true! Already did The Natural History Museum years ago but suppose I’ll have to re-visit once I watch Paddington. 😉
Don’t forget a visit to Paddington Station 😉
Of course! Will have to go there too. 😉
UGH. That Robin Williams bit sounds devastating. 😦 Great review, lady! I might try to check this out when it comes out on DVD. Glad to hear it’s better than the second…but nothing quite beats that first one, huh?
It’s REALLY sad. Especially what’s implied & how he says it. 😦 You’ll have some fun with this one, Cara. No, not as good as the first but still worth a watch. 🙂
hmm. didnt really enjoy the second one, so Ive been avoiding this one so far. maybe one day I’ll watch all 3, can’t be much worse than the Mad Max Trilogy I watched last week 🙂
Aww. Mad Max is alright! I should watch all those again. You should like this Night at the Museum – it’s better than the second one. 🙂
I miss BIG too!!! I don’t like these movies I don’t know I just don’t think they are funny or cute. BLAH!
Aww. Sorry you don’t like these. But, no – they’re nowhere as good as Big! 🙂
Nothing is right?!
I was never a fan of these movies, really, but I am shallow enough to watch this purely for Dan Stevens. Yes. Truth.
Hehe. He’s a bit weird in this one – not sure if you’d find him sexy in this or not! He’s also maybe going to be the Beast in Beauty & The Beast with Emma Watson, it appears? : )
I saw so 😛 Him AND Luke Evans. I was suddenly sold on that 😉
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