'Night at the Museum 3' review: Stiller's comedy a complete disaster
Ben Stiller stars in Night at the Museum 3, which turned out to be a complete disaster. (Handout Photo)
Night at the Museum 3
- Starring: Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Dan Stevens, Ricky Gervais, Steve Coogan, Rebel Wilson
- Directed by: Shawn Levy
- Written by: Michael Handelman, Thomas Lennon, Ben Garant, David Guion
- Release date: Christmas Day
- Duration: 97 minutes
Larry the museum guy (Ben Stiller) has to travel to England in this Night at the Museum sequel. It's an epic quest to save the magic before it vanishes!
The magic is already long gone in Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, a dog's breakfast of a 'family movie' that will confuse smallfry and bore their parents.
Something for everyone, you won't say.
This is a convoluted story about the magic panel from an ancient Egyptian tomb, the very artifact that makes magic at night in New York's Museum of Natural History. As the panel corrodes, the magic dwindles, so Larry must seek out Ahkmenrah's (Rami Malek) father, the Pharaoh (Ben Kingsley), who lives at the British museum.
Larry takes the usual suspects, played by Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Steve Coogan, that annoying urinating monkey et al, along with him to England.
At the museum, Larry has an exchange with the British museum guard (Rebel Wilson) that strongly suggests there really was no script for this movie. But never mind.
In a story so complicated there's time to flash back to Egypt, 1938 and also catch up with Dick Van Dyke and Mickey Rooney at an old folks' home — ??? — Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb is a meandering cash grab hoping you won't notice how lame the story is. In addition to managing magic, our Larry also has to cope with his son's (Skyler Gisondo) growing pains, Ricky Gervais' employment issues and an out-of-control Sir Lancelot (played by Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens).
The movie is full of inside jokes. There's a Neanderthal, for example, who looks just like Ben Stiller (hilarious!).
In his eagerness to get back to happier times, Sir Lancelot crashes a stage production of Camelot and encounters Hugh Jackman and Alice Eve, who play themselves as bemused actors, or as Lancelot says, “Huge Ackman” (hilarious!).
There's a touching scene with Larry and Teddy Roosevelt saying goodbye to each other, a moment meant to be more poignant given actor Robin Williams' death this year. This reads as a bit of manipulation so audacious you will be moved to ask for your money back.
So don't go, we explained.