Stars: Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Dan Stevens, Ricky Gervais
All right, setting aside serious movies about war, death, and intrigue, let’s talk about Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb. I went to see this last week when I felt depressed and sat down, ate popcorn, drank water, and had a good laugh.
Like any other kid, I enjoyed the first one when everything in the museum comes alive at night after the sun goes down. It was a unique story that brought laughs. I missed the second one (I don’t know why) but am glad I tuned in for the third.
Ben Stiller is great as Larry Daley. When he discovers that the mysterious Egyptian tablet that brings the museum to life is corroding and turning everybody back to wax, he and the crew (Teddy Roosevelt, Jedediah, Octavius, Ahkmenrah, Sacajawea, and Dexter) come to the rescue. Apparently the only one who knows the secret about the tablet is Ahkmenrah’s father, who is on display in the British Museum with his mother. Larry convinces Dr. McPhee to let him go to London and take a few of the exhibits with him. He packs them in wood crates filled with Styrofoam, and Larry, along with his teenage son head for the British Isles to save the museum’s occupants from dying.
They get past a dorky security guard at the British Museum. As soon as I saw the inside I screamed,”I’ve been there!” It was a familiar scene of the sweeping staircase to the left and right in the lobby. Of course, walking into the museum with the tablet causes everything to come to life for the first time, which starts the hilarity of the show. Not only is Larry running for his life, but so are all the other characters from the New York Museum. Some of the lines spoken and scenes are downright hilarious, which brought a lot of out-loud laughs from me and the audience.
A new character in the mix is Lancelot who comes to life, played by Dan Stevens from Downton Abbey. Yes, he’s alive, and handsome as ever his his armor, long hair, and blue eyes. It’s his nose, however, that will have you in stitches toward the end. He, like the others come alive for the first time but don’t quite get what has happened to them.
Ben Stiller is looking rather handsome in the flick, and Robin Williams has a hollowness about his eyes that will break your heart. The movie was dedicated to him and also Mickey Rooney, who died before release. Mickey had a bit part at the beginning, as well as Dick VanDyke. Speaking of bit parts, even Hugh Jackman turns up in a scene with Dan. Another new character is a Neanderthal, who looks like Larry. The bantering between Larry and the cave man is a hoot.
Needless to say, if you’re looking for a good kid-friendly and adult humorous movie, you’ll love all the new creatures coming to life. The old ones will warm your heart, and the sacrifice they all make at the end will touch your heart.
To quote Teddy in the movie, which made me think instantly of Robin, I thought this line poignant under the circumstances. Makes me teary-eyed.
Teddy Roosevelt:“Smile, my boy. It’s almost sunrise.”