Night At The Mu­seum: Se­cret Of The Tomb

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A Pharaoh To Re­mem­ber

Re­lease Date: OUT NOW!

PG | 98 min­utes Direc­tor: Shawn Levy Cast: Ben Stiller, Robin Wil­liams, Steve Coogan, Dan Stevens

Af­ter two mid­dling

in­stal­ments, the third Night At The Mu­seum is fi­nally one to re­mem­ber – though not per­haps for the rea­sons Ben Stiller and direc­tor Shawn Levy might have hoped for when they be­gan shoot­ing their Lon­don- based tril­ogy- closer last Fe­bru­ary. Since then, of course, we’ve bid farewell to both Mickey Rooney and Robin Wil­liams, lend­ing a poignancy to pro­ceed­ings that, if un­earned, still makes for a more touch­ing fi­nale than fans of the film’s 2006 and 2009 pre­de­ces­sors may have been ex­pect­ing.

There’s also an el­e­ment of gen­uine jeop­ardy this time around, a weird “green rust” on the se­ries’ Egyptian relic- slash- MacGuf­fin threat­en­ing to rob it of its ex­hibi­tan­i­mat­ing pow­ers. That’s bad news for Wil­liams’s Teddy Roo­sevelt man­nequin, Owen Wil­son’s minia­ture cow­boy and the rest of Stiller’s noc­tur­nal bud­dies, though not for a se­ries that benefits hugely from a plot- man­dated change of lo­cale, a new ( Bri­tish) mu­seum and a fresh bunch of wax­works for night- owl Larry to hang with.

Okay, so we could have done with­out Stiller’s cave­man dop­pel­ganger Laaa. But this is more than com­pen­sated for by Dan Stevens’s Lancelot, a swag­ger­ing newbie straight out of Monty Python with a Buzz Lightyear- like aver­sion to ad­mit­ting he’s not real. The scene in which he gate­crashes a re­vival of Camelot is a par­tic­u­lar hoot. But the most in­ven­tive se­quence has Larry and Teddy plunge into an MC Escher paint­ing, an in­ter­lude so daz­zling you can al­most over­look the wee­ing monkey.

Throw in Ben Kings­ley as a Pharaoh, a gi­ant ser­pent and some living El­gin Mar­bles and this is a sur­pris­ingly de­cent send- off for a saga that’s taken a while to come to life. One ques­tion though. Is it a legal re­quire­ment that ev­ery mon­tage of the English cap­i­tal be scored with “Lon­don Call­ing ”? Neil Smith Other films that have vis­ited the Bri­tish Mu­seum in­clude early Hitch­cock Black­mail, Night Of The De­mon and The Ipcress File.


Although the cu­cum­ber had long gone bad, it en­joyed its fling in the movie spot­light.

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