Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb: Movie Review

"Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb" is an unexpected send off ode to one of the unlikeliest film franchises. "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb", while having its defining poignant and key laugh out loud moments, lacks that overall cohesiveness that could have made this third outing a bit more effective and a more memorable one at that than its current state.

As always, as the sun goes down on New York, the legendary museum exhibits turn into living, breathing people and creatures. But this time around, they are not acting normally. Larry Daley (Ben tiller) is shocked to find that his friends Teddy Roosevelt, (Robin Williams) the miniature Jedediah (Owen Wilson) and the two inch tall Roman centurion Octavius (Steve Coogan) and all the other exhibits are fighting and creating pandemonium. Larry discovers that the ancient Egyptian tablet, which brings them to life each night, is losing its special powers. He sets off across the Atlantic to London with his son Nick (Skyler Gisondo) in the hopes that the great Pharaoh Of The Nile (Ben Kingsley), father of Pharaoh Ahkmenrah (Rami Malek), will be able to solve the problem and reboot the tablet.

The last few scenes of "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb" define what this outing could have been in its best form. The emotional and obvious goodbye to its fans was clear cut and precise with its message. It also included an open-ended ending that could propel the franchise with new leads in the future. Unfortunately, this is something of a rarity in the film's first two acts. What we get is a mix of ideas that never really gel together. Our characters have to contend about the Egyptian tablet losing its life-giving powers but we also have side stories like Larry having to deal with Nick's future propositions about going to college or Sir Lancelot's delusional take on his quest for the Holy Grail that feels underdeveloped given the film's short running time. The movie had its hilarious spots and our favorite new character is Sir Lancelot but never did his scenes feel significant in nature. Overall, if "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb" accepted what it's good at and known for - which is non-stop and outrageous hilarity - things could have been even better.

Rating: 3 and a half reels

Why you should watch it:
- a poignant ode to series fans. the third act will be worth the wait
- had hilarious pockets especially Sir Lancelot

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- lacks focus and tackles too many agendas even with a short running time

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