Family fun now comes in threes. Or fives by today’s Hollywood standards. Frankly, if you have succeeded in thrilling the children once then you are guaranteed to spout out loads of different movies with the same characters because nothing thrills the pint-sized kiddiewinks more than repetition. It’s all smart concoction that peddles out these films in order for you to shell over more dosh to keep your children snot-nosed and happy. Only, there are sometimes family movie trilogies that have forethought and planning so by the time the third movie roles around, you feel as though an entire story has been completed and characters have journeyed well.
This is kind of the feeling Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb has.
They often say that the best things come in threes and for a finale film, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb is good enough to allow the series to conclude on a high note. However, it feels as though the entire film is holding back, not hitting as many punches as it good and kicks off so slowly that you’ll be forgiven for not entirely caring about the plot or characters. Though we are used to the collection of old historical statues and sprung to life tableaus, the first half of the film relies on our familiarity and it isn’t exactly engaging enough for us to feel any danger or plight, therefore making it a rather dull affair. It’s as though director Shaun Levy and the team are afraid of going overboard and falls on the knowledge of the first two films to pull you through.
Though you’ll cringe at the Rebel Wilson edition, an actress who seems to suffer when she isn’t in great films like Pitch Perfect, and there are some jokes that feel more awkward than they do funny, you’ll ultimately leave Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb on a high. Mainly due to the second half and also because Ben Stiller’s Larry is endearing, the family film fuels festivities in these harsh winters months. It is also a loving film to say goodbye to the late great Robin Williams and Mickey Rooney, and beloved swan song for these acting legends.
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Night At The Museum 3: The Secret of the Tomb is out now!