Night at the British Museum


DIRECTED BY: Shawn Levy
WRITTEN BY: David Guion & Michael Handelman
STARRING: Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Steve Coogan, Ricky Gervais, Dan Stevens, Rebel Wilson, Skyler Gisondo, Rami Malek, Patrick Gallagher, Mizuo Peck, Ben Kingsley, Dick Van Dyke, Mickey Rooney, Hugh JackmanAlice Eve

SYNOPSIS: Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) embarks on a quest to the British Museum of National History in London to discover the secrets of the tablet before the magic is gone forever.


FULL REVIEW: CONTAINS SPOILERS


Bits I Loved

  • The premise has always been great to me. The idea of artefacts in a museum coming to life? Who doesn’t want to see history come to life? Each film revolves around a different museum, allowing the filmmakers to explore different exhibits and storylines, BUT…
  • The story, outside of the first act, is rather engaging and interesting with lots of one-liners for all ages. Enjoyable for any fan of the previous two films.
  • The cast is just as incredibly as the first films, and the addition of Dan Stevens as Sir Lancelot brings a perfect blend of action and humour. The last live action performances by Robin Williams and Mickey Rooney. Wonderful to see Dick Van Dyke reprise his role and unexpected appearances by Hugh Jackman and Alice Eve.
  • The visual effects are alright, not as CGI-laden as the previous films.

Bits I Hated

  • The lack of an inventive yet educational storyline hampered the second film and it is certainly an issue for this film as well. The film doesn’t really bring any new characters onboard in London other than Sir Lancelot, which is awful given the unique displays at the British Museum of Natural History. Although the movie is about spectacle for the kids it should also be a bit about learning similar to the first film.
  • The story was subpar for the finale to the Museum trilogy. The first act dragged on with updates on the characters’ lives without any real substance along the way.
  • The Ben Stiller Neanderthal character and his subplot were abysmal. The character fits Stiller’s typical typecast of idiotic angered characters, but there was absolutely no vital need for this addition.

Review

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb is a fun family film finale to the adventure trilogy of Larry Daley. What started as a semi-educational spectacle became a trilogy that focused less on the premise and more on the CGI action. The dragging narrative picks up as beloved characters bring their antics to the big screen one last time.

The lack of an inventive storyline and the subplot revolving around the neanderthal Laa really detracted from the anticipated climactic finish to this franchise. The jokes with that character just seemed so forced and unintelligent in comparison to some of the humour throughout the rest of the franchise.

In the end this film is a delightfully enjoyable finale to a franchise focused on giving families a reason to go to the theatre together. If you’re a fan of the previous two Museum films, then Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb will be a pleasant end to the story of Larry Daley, but some average film-goers may not enjoy the uninventive Night at the CGI Museum.


Oscar Nominations?

  • Best Visual Effects (Unlikely)

Verdict

1 = Fair 2 = Good 3 = Very Good 4 = Excellent

★★☆☆ – Premise

★★☆☆ – Story

★★☆☆ – Characters

★★★☆ – Visual Effects

★★☆☆ – Dialogue

★★★☆ – Visuals

★★★☆ – Soundtrack


★★★★★★☆☆☆☆  6/10 – Consider


What did you think of Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb? Let me know in the comments!

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