NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB DVD (2014)
SYNOPSIS: This time, Larry Daley and his heroic friends embark on their greatest adventure yet as they travel to London in order to save the magic that brings the museum exhibits to life!
Since the very first Night of the Museum, the word “fun” has been the series’ middle name. With its aim purely at entertaining the entire family, Night of the Museum: Secret of the Tomb not only marks a fitting end to the franchise but also serves as a poignant farewell to the late Robin Williams.
Instead of the Museum of Natural History, part 3 takes us to The British Museum in London where security guard Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) and his museum friends embark on an epic quest to retrieve a magical tablet before the wax figures lose the magic of reanimating.
Our old friends, Teddy Roosevelt (Williams), Attila the Hun (Patrick Gallagher), Jedediah (Owen Wilson), Octavius (Steve Coogan), Ahkmenrah (Rami Malek) and Dexter the monkey no doubt contributes to the endless, zippy fun. But as always, its Cowboy Jedediah and Roman general Octavius that provides some of the movies’ craziest antics and lines. One fun sequence obviously is the Pompeii exhibit. You should know exactly where it’s heading.
New characters introduced here are Sir Lancelot (Dan Stevens), a Knight who worked for King Arthur, a bubbly security guard named Tilly (Rebel Wilson) who romances Laaa (a Neanderthal also played by Stiller) and a cranky Triceratops skeleton. There’s nothing liked some nifty, impressive visual effects to save the day. Just watch how Daley and Sir Lancelot subdued a nine-headed snake monster and Trafalgar Square lion statues in good old CG fashion.
It’s such a frenetic affair that nobody will notice the shoddy, almost paint by numbers plotting. But I guess no one actually cares about that. The only refreshing fun part of Night of the Museum: Secret of the Tomb is having a prominent actor doing a cameo towards the end. I shall not spoil it for you but the actor has worked with director Shawn Levy before.
Those who have been fans of the series since the first one will not be disappointed by this entry. Those that don’t will continue to find the wax figures and everyone else lifeless and snoozy.
There are two Deleted/Extended Scenes, Laa say ‘stay’ and Jobless not homeless.
The cast talk about clowning and having fun on set in Improv, Absurdity and Cracking Up.
A Photo Gallery and Theatrical Trailers round up the extras.
The DVD transfer looks great on TV with nary a complaint. Audio quality is often dynamic and active.
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Review by Linus Tee