Led mostly by the late Robin Williams, Night at the Museum 3 ends on a cinematic sweet note.
Sequels can get tedious after a while, but Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb amazingly recaptures its original roots from 2006. Where the second film (Battle of the Smithsonian) squandered, the third film takes us down a familiar stroll through old halls. The special effects are solid, the plot is touching and the acting is good (Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Dan Stevens, Ben Kingsley, Steve Coogan, Rebel Wilson, Ricky Gervais, Dick Van Dyke, Bill Cobbs and the late Mickey Rooney), especially coming from the late Mr. Williams. A little tear sheds every time you see him appear on screen.
This time around, Larry (Stiller), the security guard, has another problem when the magic in the museum that makes the wax characters come to life is failing. This strange occurrence is making Teddy Roosevelt (Williams); tiny pals Jedediah (Wilson) and Octavius (Coogan); Sacajawea (Mizuo Peck); Attila the Hun (Patrick Gallagher); Prince Ahkmenrah (Rami Malek); the adorable monkey Dexter; and the others act differently. Night at the Museum 3 also introduces two new characters, a cheeky security guard, played by Rebel Wilson, and Sir Lancelot, played by Stevens (Downton Abbey).
So it’s up to Larry and the gang to fix the problem and break away from the traditional museum setting by taking a road trip to London. It’s sweet and goofy family fun. The final film sends off the trilogy on a gratifying note. But what really makes the film is Williams’ performance. He stole the show every time he made an appearance on the big screen. Williams’ charisma lightened me up and put a smile on my face. His last and final scene in the film will make you sob continually as he gives a heartwarming final speech. Night at the Museum 3 is a grand farewell that takes the entire family on one last wild journey.
Night at the Museum 3 is rated PG (Parental Guidance). For mild action, some rude humor and brief language.