Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014)

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014)

2014 PG 97 Minutes

Adventure | Comedy | Fantasy | Family

When the magic powers of The Tablet of Ahkmenrah begin to die out, Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) spans the globe, uniting favorite and new characters while embarking on an epic quest to save the magic...

Overall Rating

7 / 10
Verdict: Good

User Review

  • WHAT I LIKED: Shawn Levy's third Night at the Museum film 'Secret of the Tomb,' is miles better than its predecessor because, like in the first film, it has a genuine character arc for Larry, as well as buckets of simple physical humour rather than over-the-top visual effects.

    Yes on the one hand, rather than turning up the dials even further, the final part of the trilogy adds some jeapodary to the whole situation by having the tablet decaying along with the life of the museum's exhibits. Larry is hanging on to them as his main source of joy, but over the course of the film, despite his best attempts (which includes a trip to London) he learns that nothing lasts forever, and that that's ok. There are even moments that bring some touching emotion as Larry lets go, and Robin William's final words as Roosevelt are made all the more touching by the fact it's his last appearance on screen.

    But along with the fact you're somewhat engaged by the vastly better story because of what it does with Larry; you'll also be able to enjoy some of the humour too. Alan Partridge and Owen Wilson are particularly funny playing off Ben Stiller, as is Ben Stiller's very own ridiculous caveman character.

    WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: Some of the humour is ridiculous even by this franchise's standards, and goes beyond the realms of the funny into the irritating.

    VERDICT: A far superior sequel to its predecessor, 'Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb,' has an actual character arc and more physical humour than the second film, so gets closer to the charm of the first far more successfully.