Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

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I give Levy (This is Where I Leave You) credit for trying to wrap up the Museum series into a nice little bow. Of course it was a bit of a cash grab as well… the previous films weren’t the greatest, but were entertaining family fare for the youngsters. This final installment is no better or worse than the previous two. That doesn’t make it bad, but it is mostly a bunch of “greatest hits” moments with a bit of plot wrapped around it.

The returning cast hit their marks, but not much more. Stiller (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty) had some great opportunities to shine in this installment, but pretty much let them all go. Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect) was the most out of place in the cast. Her brand of broad comedy just broke the entire feeling of the movie, even if they gave her a nice pay-off for the end. And Kingsley (The Boxtrolls) was just a bloody waste for such a small role.

One aspect of the film, utterly unintended by the filmmakers, is the bittersweet moments with the late Mickey Rooney and Robin Williams. In fact, there is an inevitable moment of goodbye with Williams that is quite the gut-punch.

Overall, there are some good laughs along with some overlong jokes. It is a completely serviceable kids film that is all a bit too easy on the plot side and which looses its way to its original point. It starts as a father-son story, on a couple levels, but never really pays off the idea. It ends as Stiller’s story and his choices. While the two ideas could have been tied together, they really aren’t.  But if you liked the first two films, you’ll enjoy this completion to the story. It isn’t that there is much to complain about in this one, there just isn’t a lot to rave about either.

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