If you were to ask any of my friends what some of my favorite things are, they would be sure to tell you I love history, British culture, and Rebel Wilson. Needless to say, all of these interests combined into one movie are sure to win my heart. But even if you don’t have interests similar to mine, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb is a must see movie. Its combination of comedy, touching moments, and the appearance of Robin Williams are sure to please any movie-goer.
This story starts with a flashback to the 1930s, where there is a joint expedition of American and British explorers. The son of the main explorer falls directly into the tomb of Ahkmenrah, and discovers the tablet that now brings all museum creatures to life at night. The local Egyptians are extremely hesitant to help package the tablet, as they all chant “The end will come.” The story then transitions to New York; several years after the end of Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian. Larry Daley is now the head of the night program at the New York Museum of Natural History; the museum is booming and just completing an innovative new space history center. The opening of the space history center is set to go as smooth as butter, but all of the museum exhibits essentially “malfunction,” causing chaos. Dr. McPhee, president of the museum, is fired, and Larry begins frantically researching what could have caused such a disaster. He soon finds out the tablet of Ahkmenrah has corroded, and he is now faced with the task of saving the museum exhibits from falling asleep… forever. This sends the crew to the British Museum in London to meet Ahkmenrah’s parents and solve the mystery of the tablet. A crazy adventure throughout London ensues.
Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Robin Williams, Steve Coogan, and several others reprise their lovable roles in this film, and several newcomers such as Rebel Wilson, Dan Stevens and Skyler Gisondo round out this hilarious cast. I thought the most admirable trait of this film was its comedy, and that definitely would not have been possible without this specific cast of talented actors.
The acting performance I enjoyed the most, was that of Robin Williams, and the tragedy of his passing became fresh again as I watched him light up the screen with his heartwarming personality. He has been one of my favorite actors since I was a toddler, when I would watch his movie Flubber daily. I thought it was quite fitting and well deserved that the cast and crew dedicated this film not only to him, but also to Mickey Rooney who also passed before the release.
Overall, I would recommend this movie to a wide range of audiences. Children and adults would both enjoy this movie. It had a nice balance of comedy and touching moments, such as the sub-plot between Larry and his son, Nick. Whether you’re a fan of the first two Night at the Museum movies, or a newcomer to this series, you won’t want to miss this great movie.