Night At The Mu­seum: Se­cret Of The Tomb

The ex­hibits are re­volt­ing

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Rated / Dvd & Blu-Ray -

Re­lease Date: 13 April 2014 | PG | Blu- ray/ DVD Direc­tor: Shawn Levy Cast: Ben Stiller, Dan Stevens, Rebel Wil­son, Owen Wil­son, Steve Coogan, Ben Kings­ley

The third

Night At The Mu­seum film starts with an ex­ca­va­tion straight out of In­di­ana Jones, as if it’s go­ing to break the usual for­mula. Nope – it turns into an­other work­man­like, ef­fect­sladen pan­tomime, as Ben Stiller’s put- upon hero trav­els to the Bri­tish Mu­seum to fix the magic tablet which brings stat­ues and wax­works to rowdy life.

The sec­ond film was lifted by Hank Azaria and Amy Adams, but sadly nei­ther is back. New­com­ers in­clude Down­ton Abbey’s Dan Stevens, who’s rea­son­ably spir­ited as a bluff Sir Lancelot, and Rebel Wil­son, naff as a se­cu­rity guard. ( There are also agree­able cameos from Ben Kings­ley and a cou­ple of sur­prise guests.) Oth­er­wise it’s the nor­mal Mu­seum en­sem­ble, mostly dragged around with lit­tle to do – in­clud­ing Robin Wil­liams, in one of his last films.

It’s a mix of mild te­dium – es­pe­cially when it comes to Stiller’s char­ac­ter’s par­ent­ing is­sues – and in­spired ideas. There’s a won­drous fan­tasy pa­rade which goes ter­ri­bly wrong, and a su­perb fight in­side an Escher paint­ing, with shades of Labyrinth.

Buy the DVD and you get a fea­turette on the film’s com­edy, deleted scenes, a gallery and trail­ers. The Blu- ray ( rated) adds com­men­tary by the direc­tor, an­other six fea­turettes, and more deleted scenes. An­drew Os­mond The film ends with a ded­i­ca­tion to both Mickey Rooney ( se­cu­rity guard Gus) and Robin Wil­liams: “Magic Never Ends”.

Knight at the mu­seum.

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