Hollywood@Home: Night at the Museum-Secret of the Tomb

Ben Stiller and his friends from the American Museum of Natural History visit London in "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb."

Ben Stiller and his friends from the American Museum of Natural History visit London in “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.”

You may not find many original moments in the corny humor of “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.” But, you will enjoy time spent with old friends in this third and final film in the series. Ben Stiller and company create more than a few warm and fuzzies.

This time the fantasy premise jumps the pond to the British Museum in London. The ancient Egyptian widget that keeps the exhibits alive in America is corroding, and museum guard Larry Daley (Stiller) must find out why. The young pharaoh, Ahkmenrah (Rami Malek) tells Daley, he should consult with his father, Merenkahre (Ben Kingsley) at the London institution on what to do. Many of Daley’s exhibits at the American Museum of Natural History secretly hitch a ride overseas. Making the trip: Theodore Roosevelt (Robin Williams), Jedediah (Owen Wilson), Octavius (Steve Coogan), Sacagawea (Mizuo Peck) and Attila the Hun (Patrick Gallagher). Of course, it wouldn’t be a family reunion without Ahkmenrah tagging along.

Daley and his son, Nicky (Styler Gisondo replacing Jake Cherry), sneak into the British Museum after delivering a large crate carrying the American exhibits. And, of course, the entire institution springs to life thanks to the ancient widget, despite its oxidation. They even get to meet Sir Lancelot (Dan Stevens), who amusingly doesn’t understand that he never existed. Camelot, he is told, was just a legend. Lance is handsome, but not too smart. It doesn’t register right away. This character can be taxing, but ultimately he’s quite entertaining.

As I said before, “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” won’t draw raves for originality. It’s familiarity and sentimentality that rule the day.

This was the final film for Mickey Rooney and Robin Williams. Both are greatly missed by Hollywood and the circumstances of Williams’ death, in particular, make his presence more meaningful.

Perhaps the story is contrived and the producers were out to make a few bucks. “Night at the Museum 3” is a feel-good movie, and that counts for something.

Tech credits are fine. The special effects seem a bit old-fashioned, but they work. The acting is about what you’d expect in a big-budget all-star vehicle. Everyone has their moment. I particularly liked Stiller playing off himself as Daley meets Laaa, a Neanderthal who could be his doppelgänger. Some might think that the routine goes a bit too long. I found the repetition is what made it funny.

If you’re okay with the potty humor from the first two films, then you certainly won’t mind the third. I think maybe the monkey urinating might be the most bawdy moment. And, you know kids. They love that kind of stuff.

“Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” was a pleasant surprise. Nothing spectacular. But, a fun ride for the family. Grade: B

Fast Facts:

Street Date: March 10, 2015

Formats: Blu-ray and DVD

Runtime: 98 minutes

Rated: “PG”

Released by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

The British Museum comes alive in "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb."

The British Museum comes alive in “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.”