Franchise. Money. Milked.
It’s been eight years since the first Night at the Museum movie, and it’s hard to say the franchise aged well at all. The third, and seemingly final installment of the franchise feels tired, and both the plot and jokes are hardly there at all.
In this film, the magical power that brings museum exhibits to life is disappearing, so Larry (Ben Stiller) must travel to the British Museum and ask Ahkmenrah’s parents for help, and find out the secret of the tablet. The journey is accompanied by the usual motley crew of Theodore Roosevelt (Robin Williams), Jedediah (Owen Wilson), Octavius (Steve Coogan) and many others. There’s even a neanderthal that looks like Stiller himself, but he’s soon forgettable. In fact, none of the character, both new and old, brings a memorable performance to the film. That’s a shame, as the film features the very talented Rebel Wilson, and even she’s a disappointment.
A lot of elements in the film don’t really work at all. The opening shows the origin of the tablet, but it doesn’t pay off for the rest of the film at all. Also, it’s bizarre why Ahkmenrah’s father, played by the talented Ben Kingsley, keeps the magical source of the tablet a secret. It’s an unnecessary mystery, and it’s only there to prolong the movie. The movie features a funny conversation between Kingsley and Stiller’s character about the Exodus, and it’s especially interesting considering Kingsely’s recent role in Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings.
The film features a subplot to deal with the father/son dynamic, with Larry’s son Nick (Skyler Gisondo) about to graduate high school and decides to be a DJ in Spain or something like that. The subplot is easily the most annoying part of the film, and it’s an unnecessary distraction. I don’t care about the subplot at all, and the resolution at the end doesn’t really make sense either.
The film features Dan Stevens as Sir Lancelot as the film’s antagonist. However, his reason to turn against our main characters is highly questionable. It almost felt like the writers forgot to add an antagonist into the film, and decide to make Lancelot the villain for reasons that don’t make sense. I’m not gonna lie though, seeing a certain actor’s surprise cameo is kind of cool, but not cool enough to save the film.
Yes, the film is funny from time to time, and it’s not that bad considering the main target audiences are probably kids and tweens. The visuals are decent, and it’s still entertaining enough that I didn’t leave the theater. If anything, the film is more of a disappointment than actually bad. Then again, what am I expecting from a franchise that’s overstayed its welcome?
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