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Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb was released to Blu-ray and DVD March 10th. To celebrate, I had a family movie marathon night to watch all three movies. We've already seen the first two Night of the Museum movies but took the opportunity to review the first two and see what the third was all about. For those of you deliberating whether or not to watch Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, I say jump off the debate wagon and go purchase or rent the film today.
Postcards with scenes from the movie
Although it's not necessary to watch the first two Night at the Museum movies before watching the third, it does help by giving backdrop and character developments. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb is my favorite of the three. It really delivers on the laughs and has an abundant storyline.
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb starts by showing Larry, played by Ben Stiller, helping put on a show for important people and media at the museum. Things go haywire and the exhibits come to life. The exhibits aren't themselves and create chaos. Larry learns that a magic tablet is the source of the problem and turns to the former night watchman for help. He's directed to the British Museum in London to get answers.
Larry and his teenage son head to the British Museum and discover that a lot of the exhibits, including Sacajawea and Attila the Hun, have come along for the ride. While at the British Museum, even more characters are brought in for their viewers and they bring their own set of attributes.
As it turns out, the tablet of Ahkmenrah has corroded because it hasn't received direct sunlight and the patterned squares aren't matched up exactly. Larry and his museum friends must fight a nine-headed snake, struggle with Sir Lancelot, and go through all sorts of other trials before finally
restoring the tablet as it should be.
As I mentioned before, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb is my favorite of the three. It takes a lot for me to laugh out loud during a film, and this one delivered several times. My favorite characters were the British security guard, Tilly, played by Rebel Wilson and a Neanderthal named Laaa, who is also played by Ben Stiller. Those two had me in stitches with their antics. The only part that disappointed me in this movie is the whole concept around how the tablet Ahkmenrah needed to be restored. With just some direct sunlight and the changing of patterned squares all order was restored. Seemed too simple to me. Other than that, I found this to be an amazing family film for both children and adults.
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb was the last film for Robin Williams before he passed away. He played the character of Theodore Roosevelt. There's one point in the movie where he gives a dialogue about moving on in life and says his goodbyes. That one really pulled at the heartstrings, knowing the details of his actual passing.
The Night at the Museum franchise is a fun family movie experience and I'm kind of sad to see that the third movie is the final.
To further enhance our Night at the Museum Family Movie Night, we chowed down on Pizza Hut pizza and breadsticks along with other snacks which included New York Bagel Crisps, Cadbury chocolates, microwave popcorn, and Turkish Delights.
In between each movie we played a lot of games and discussed historical characters from the movies. The whole night was a delightful experience!
Which of the Night at the Museum movies is your favorite?