The biggest plus of this film was seeing Robin Williams on the big screen for his last time. It was hard to watch him at times because you knew that it was the end for this comedic genius. Watching it I was filled with a sense of melancholy as a result (to top it off this was also Mickey Rooney’s last film). It reminded me how untimely his death was. The part where his Teddy Roosevelt utters the line “It is time to let us go” I almost broke into sobs. That being said this film is not going to go down as one of the highlights of his film career. Not because of Williams, but rather because of the lack of quality of the script. The story is different so that is a good thing. Unfortunately the difference does not equate to a rise in quality.
While the third at the Museum film is better than the second it is still not a good film. Rather it is a kids’ film that really does not have enough funny stuff or action sequences that they can relate to in order to hold their attention. Unfortunately as far as sequels go the ones for kids’ films are usually even more subpar.
An Egyptian tablet, the table of Akmenrah, is the reason that at the Museum of Natural History in New York City each night the exhibits come to life. Museum night security guard Larry Daley (Ben Stiller – Zoolander, Tropic Thunder) figures out that something is wrong with the table and that it is losing its power. The fact that it is losing its power comes to light at the worst possible time as it is during a high profile soirée at the Museum that ends up as a fiasco and cost museum head, Dr. McPhee (Ricky Gervias – The Invention of Lying, Muppets Most Wanted), his job.
Trying to right this wrong, Larry investigates. He finds out from Akmenrah (Rami Malek – Need for Speed, Night at the Museum) that the tablet seems to be corroding and that his father (Ben Kingsley – Schindler’s List, Shutter Island) is the only one who might know the way to fix it. Larry with the help of Dr. McPhee arranges that Akmenrah and the tablet travel to the British Museum of Natural History in London, so he can find out how to fix it.
After opening the crate and finding not only the tablet and Akmenrah are inside but also Laaa (Ben Stiller), Teddy Roosevelt (Robin Williams – Dead Poets Society, Good Will Hunting), Attila the Hun (Patrick Gallagher – Sideways, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World), Dexter the monkey, Jedediah (Owen Wilson – Midnight in Paris, Wedding Crashers), and Octavius (Steve Coogan – Philomena, Despicable Me 2) are there to help him. Once they get past the night security guard Tilly (Rebel Wilson – Pitch Perfect 2, Bridesmaids), they also have to face off against Sir Lancelot (Dan Stevens – The Fifth Estate, A Walk Among the Tombstones) and a host of other obstacles in order to save the tablet.
Each of these types of films (funny but trying to have some depth) has a lesson or message that it tries to have run throughout and this one has a father/teenage son focus. It just tries to push through the idea that family is important and as kids get older that parents have to adjust to the changes if they want to stay connected.
It has just enough laughs and Robin Williams so that it keeps just above the level of disaster, but there certainly isn’t enough here to regret that it is probably the end of the series or to claim that in any way, shape or form that this is a good film.
-Improv, Absurdity and Cracking Up – The Comedy of Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
-The Theory of Relativity
-A Day in the Afterlife
-The Home of History: Behind the Scenes at the British Museum
-Fight at the Museum
-Creating the Visual Effects