NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB | MOVIE REVIEW

I am in the middle of my holidays and trying to dredge motivation to sit in front of a computer to write reviews – I am four cups of tea in with about a dozen biscuits consumed so I am hoping my sugar buzz will get me into this article, if not, then boooo me and hope your holidays are fun :). NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB was my final movie viewed to be reviewed for 2014 and the final movie premiere of the year with huge thanks to 20th Century Fox Australia. I was allowed to take three friends and it was a huge pyjama party in multiple cinemas at Hoyts Entertainment Quarter, we got heaps of pizza to eat and goodies to take, Salty got their tweet on the big screen pre screening and we all got harassed by people playing characters from the movie and have the film introduced by Rebel Wilson. Superb night, wish I could wear PJs to every screening. NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB released on Christmas Day, runs for 98mins and is rated PG. Now grab a cuppa and read my review!

 

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NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | MOVIE POSTER

 

REVIEW BY JASON KING

NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB sees most of the characters and actors back for more of exactly the same but this time, not their own museum, not the Smithsonian, but the British Museum. It follows exactly the same plot as the previous two and you know what, it is not hideous. If you are going to see a Night at the Museum movie chances are you know what you are in for. A cheesy kids film with museum characters that come to life, you will know most of the actors in the movie and know what will happen. You will get some good laughs and some of the jokes you will find worse than the ones you just read in your Christmas Bon Bons, but if you are a child under ten you will find them hysterical, and for parents, what more can you ask for when taking your children to the movies?

 

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NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | SIR LANCELOT (DAN STEVENS) AND LARRY DALEY (BEN STILLER)

 

Larry has moved on in this one, he is an inventor and sells some dodgie stuff, but has infomercials and is making decent money, the museum has undergone some major renovations and everyone still thinks the museum has the best special effects in the world, of which Larry is in charge of. They plan a grand opening and everything goes wrong, the living exhibits become erratic and it is discovered the magical tablet begins corroding and this corrosion is effecting the exhibits. Larry then learns that Merenkahre (Ben Kingsley), who is the father of the uber hot, JK-wants-to-make-out-with-a-Pharaoh, Ahkmenrah (Rami Malek), is in the British Museum, as he was the owner of the tablet it is time to set off for a stealth mission to Britain.

The British Museum sets us up for new characters, new dinosaur skeletons, a new guard in the delightfully funny Rebel Wilson and Sir Lancelot (Dan Stevens from Downton Abbey). It also lets us do the same thing as the last two movies in a different museum, there is a lot of running around, time is of the essence, if you don’t do this all the exhibits will forever return to their plastic state.

 

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NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | TILLY (REBEL WILSON) AND LAAA (BEN STILLER)

 

Stiller is exactly the same, you will love him or you won’t. The monkey is again much better than he is in the movie, Atilla the Hun mumbles through the entire movie but lets on he speaks English at the very end (spoiler – shoot me), Pocahontas does a lot less in this one, Owen Wilson and Steve Coogan continue their possible gay relationship, Robin Williams is in it less but it is heartfelt and charming and the final words of Roosevelt/ Williams were so echoing of the end, so poignant in their possible double meaning that the film literally re-shot an entire new scene to go after this ending scene, the new scene is a bit stupid but then so is most of the movie.

Rebel Wilson plays the British Museum guard, her role is kind of pointless. She was originally just meant to be a cameo like Jonah Hill was in number two but she screened really well so they called her back a few times and added scenes with her improvising with Stiller. There is also a new Stiller character in the movie, a Neanderthal or Cro Magnum man, basically this let Stiller dress up and grunt, but Tilly does fall in love with him.

 

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NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | LAAA AND LARRY (BEN STILLER) IN AN ESCHER PAINTING

 

I have a new love of Egypt watching Rami Malek as a pharaoh but found that Ben Kingsley playing his father was embarrassing, the jokes about the staff were hopefully only there for 10yr old kids, otherwise appalling. I did like the new kid, Skyler Gisondo, as Nick Daley, Larry’s son (and replacing Jake Cherry) but thought it would have been ideal if Cherry had finished the trilogy. I did not like the father/ son subtext bullshit that kept dragging the movie down. We saw it with the pharaohs and then with Nick and Larry. Then we had the uber hysterical, my fave character in the movie, Sir Lancelot (Dan Stevens) as a brief stand-in father figure, m’eh blah blah blah, get on with the fun and monkey stuff.

There was some clever visuals in the museum and like they did in BATTLE OF THE SMITHSONIAN they had a few scenes jumping into paintings that came to life, in this one they had an amazing scene with a fight going on in an Escher painting – it was brilliant.

 

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NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | LARRY DALEY (BEN STILLER) WALKING NEXT TO MOUNTED ROOSEVELT (ROBIN WILLIAMS)

 

It is what it is, and overall this is a fitting franchise end to a cheesy family series. If you have younger kids, there are some scary scenes but generally this is ideal for them and you will have a few laughs yourself, it did appear out of all three films this one actually slipped in a few jokes the adults will enjoy – namely one about Jewish slaves had me in hysterics, and as for cameos, there is one brilliant cameo that had me lolling a bit. Enjoy it – let me know what you think after you have seen it.

 

3 Pops

 

 

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