Film Review: ‘Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb’ is More of the Same

Caution: This review contains spoilers.

What appears to be the final chapter in the “Night of the Museum” series was a bit of a mixed bag as Larry (Ben Stiller) and the gang headed off to London. The tablet that keeps the exhibits alive is losing its juice, making everyone act differently. It seems only Ahkmenrah’s father (Ben Kingsley) can reveal the answers for this problem. We still have Teddy (Robin Williams), Octavius (Steve Coogan), Jedediah (Owen Wilson), Sacajawea (Mizuo Peck), and Dexter the monkey in for this adventure. Joining them in London is Sir Lancelot (Dan Stevens) and the night guard Tilly (Rebel Wilson).

Meanwhile, Larry has to wrestle with familial woes. First, his son Nick doesn’t want to go to college (Skyler Gisondo). The more surprising and hilarious front is Laaa (also played by Stiller), the new Neanderthal. Laaa is taken with his new “Dada” and imitates and follows him whenever he can.

In some ways, “Secret of the Tomb” is disappointing in choosing not to develop some points more. Rebel Wilson and Ben Kingsley seem terribly underused. There’s not much on the plot either, as the solution for fixing the tablet is overly simple. The film can leave you feeling a little sad because of the recent passing of both Robin Williams and Mickey Rooney. It’s difficult to imagine another “Night at the Museum” without Williams, who was definitely a highlight of the series as Teddy Roosevelt.

There are still some moments that are very amusing, if rather brief. Larry takes on a dragon or a demon with an AED. Unlikely friends Jedediah and Octavius leave a comment on a Youtube video. Later, they unknowingly fall into the city of Pompei and then take a selfie. Overall, the film will keep families entertained. As Teddy himself remarks, the point of the exhibits is to inspire children to learn and do great things.

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