‘Museum’ ends trilogy with powerful nostalgia

By Kayla Whittle
Staff Writer

“Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” is the end of a beloved trilogy that began in 2006. The film again follows the misadventures of Larry Daley (Ben Stiller), only this time, the tablet that brings everything in the museum to life at night begins to lose its power. This leads Larry to London to find the Egyptian pharaoh (Ben Kingsley) who originally created the tablet. But of course, he can’t accomplish anything on his own. Many familiar faces are there along the way to help him in his journey, including a few fun appearances of characters from the first movie.

It can’t go unmentioned that this was also Robin Williams’s last, live-action role. If you’ve been a fan of his, you won’t be disappointed by his performance as he once again portrays Teddy Roosevelt. As a mentor to Larry, he gives such wonderful advice — as if Williams were reaching through the screen one last time to give every audience advice, as well.

Williams shines in his last, live-action role as Roosevelt. (AP Photo)
Williams shines in his last, live-action role as Roosevelt. (AP Photo)

That said, the movie wouldn’t have been complete without new and interesting characters brought to life once the tablet reaches London. There’s Sir Lancelot (Dan Stevens), who refuses to believe that he isn’t the real Lancelot; a caveman (Stiller) who is convinced that Larry is his long-lost father; and a British Museum security guard played by Rebel Wilson. I’m not a huge fan of Wilson, but I did enjoy some of her funny one-liners.

I think this movie is one that will be enjoyed by viewers young and old. Who wouldn’t love to see things in a museum pop into life? Younger kids will get a kick out of the antics, and older viewers who  have grown up with this trilogy will love seeing the characters one final time as they spark our imaginations and then fade off  the screen.

I would highly recommend seeing “Museum” not only for its simplistic, hilarious comedy but for the nostalgia that will surely come as you remember sitting in the theater eight years ago watching the first film.