It is fitting that “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb,” is all about loyalty, because loyalty is about all that is left for this worn out franchise.
The problem here is that the first “Night at the Museum” was a novelty act and the novelty has mostly worn flat.
In this final chapter of the trilogy, the magical Tablet of Ahkmenrah, is deteriorating. If it fails, this will leave Attila the Hun, Teddy Roosevelt and Sacagawea, the Neanderthals tribe and the others entombed as lifeless exhibits forever.
To set everything straight, night watchman Larry (played by Ben Stiller) must take the tablet to the British Museum of Natural History in London. This wakens a new set of characters, including the wax statute of Sir Lancelot, who decides, in time, that the tablet is the Holy Grail.
Unwilling to risk a film without the familiar New York gang, many of them come along for the ride. Unfortunately, the old jokes come along for the ride, as well.
This might be a must-see, however, for fans of the late Robin Williams and the beloved Mickey Rooney, who died at age 93 in April.
Williams is perfectly cast and he does well as Teddy Roosevelt. Rooney is as endearing as ever. I hope he got a wild applause from the film crew at the end of his last day on the set..
Dick Van Dyke, now 89, also returns as retired security guard Cecil Fredericks. This is kid’s stuff for Van Dyke, so he is right in his element.
Stiller is fair enough in the pivotal role of Larry Daily, the museum guard. He anchors the film well and he doesn’t try to be too funny. At least we can be thankful for that.
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