Written by David Guion and Michael Handelman
Directed by Shawn Levy
Getting the band back together for one final gig is almost never a good idea. In the case of Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, however, there’s enough ingenuity and fun to justify the encore. Director Shawn Levy adds a few clever wrinkles and plenty of familiar callbacks as he sends his family franchise out with pomp and poignancy. The untimely death of Robin Williams also adds resonance to the film’s melancholy message that letting go is a necessary, painful fact of life.
It’s easy for critics to dismiss films like Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (Sott). When you’re three films into a franchise that’s fueled by a wafer-thin premise, you can feel bored and dissatisfied before the movie even begins.
The magic tablet that brings the museum to life is quickly losing its juice, so Larry packs up his museum posse – Teddy Roosevelt (Robin Williams), Pharaoh Ahkmenrah (Rami Malek), Scajawea (Mizuo Peck), Attilia the Hun (Patrick Gallagher),and pint-sized pals Jedidiah (Owen Wilson) and Octavius (Steve Coogan) –and the gang heads to the British Museum to parley with the tablet’s creator and Ahkmenrah’s pop (Ben Kingsley).
The gang also meets a new museum guard played by Rebel Wilson, the bravest of King Arthur’s knights, Sir Lancelot (Dan Stevens), and a caveman who shares more than a slight resemblance to Stiller’s Larry.
Ben Stiller reprises his role as security guard Larry, this time though he's hanging out at the British Museum in London and the action actually happens outside the museum at a certain point. Robin Williams, Dan Stevens, Ben Kingsley, Rebel Wilson, Rami Malek, Steve Coogan, Owen Wilson, Patrick Gallagher, Mizuo Peck, Bill Cobbs, Dick Van Dyke, and Mickey Rooney also star.
Larry and museum exhibits including Pharaoh Ahkmenrah (Rami Malek), Teddy Roosevelt (Robin Williams), Attila the Hun (Patrick Gallagher), Sacajawea (Mizuo Peck), Roman centurion Octavius (Steve Coogan) and Jedediah (Owen Wilson) wind up at the British Museum’s famed Egyptian wing to solve the deadly mystery.
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb opens in theaters on December 19, 2014.
This time around, night security guard Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) brings his motley crew of living exhibits to the British Museum in London when Ahkmenrah’s (Rami Malek) Golden Tablet begins to decay, threatening to end the magic that brings the exhibits to life each night. Teaming with Teddy Roosevelt (Robin Williams), Sacagewea (Mizuo Peck), Attila the Hun (Patrick Gallagher), Octavius (Steve Coogan) and Jedediah (Owen Wilson), Larry seeks out the counsel of a powerful pharaoh (Ben Kingsley), who created the tablet and is also Ahkmenrah’s father.
Dan Stevens, Rebel Wilson, Ricky Gervais, Skyler Gisondo, Mickey Rooney
As the images show, Larry is rejoined in this third installment by living museum exhibits Sacajawea (Mizuo Peck), Teddy Roosevelt (Robin Williams), Ahkmenrah (Rami Malek) and Attila the Hun (Patrick Gallagher), among others (expect big roles for Crystal the monkey, Owen Wilson’s Jedediah and Steve Coogan’s Octavius, as per usual). Additionally, Larry’s now-teenaged son Nick (Skyler Gisondo, replacing Jake Cherry) gets wrapped up in the action.
In Secret of the Tomb,
Take a look at the images, which feature returning cast members Ben Stiller (Larry Daley), Robin Williams (Theodore Roosevelt), Patrick Gallagher (Atilla the Hun), Mizuo Peck (Sacajawea) and Skyler Gisondo (Nick Daley), along with our first look at Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens as Lancelot.
While the first two movies in the franchise, Night at the Museum and Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian were set in New York and Washington D.C., this third and final adventure goes across the pond to London,
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