Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) returns for the third and allegedly last movie in the successful Night at the Museum franchise.

"Night at the Museum : Secret of the Tomb" begins in 1938 with an Indiana Jones type prologue where archaeologists’ find the tablet of Ahkmenrah's, if you've seen the previous movies you'll know that it's this tablets secret powers that give the exhibits in the museum life.

The action then moves to the present day where we find that one time security guard, Larry Daley, has now been promoted to director of night time operations at the Natural History Museum. Unfortunately just when various dignitaries have been invited to the museum to see the latest exhibits things start to go a little haywire and the exhibits start attacking the guests.

It's soon found out that the cause of the problems is that Ahkmenrah's golden tablet is corroding and losing its magical powers.

Finding that the only person who knows the secret of the tablet is Ahkmenrah's Pharaoh father (Ben Kingsley), Daley and his son, complete with the exhibits from the museum, including Teddy Roosevelt (Robin Williams, sadly in his last screen appearance), Jedediah (Owen Wilson), Sacajawea (Mizuo Peck) and of course, the capuchin monkey, head to the British Museum in London, where the Pharaoh is on display.

Once in London, Daley has to race against time to stop the tablet completing losing its power for ever. For the third outing we have a few new characters added to the mix, including Dan Stevens as Sir Lancelot and Rebel Wilson doing her usual comic turn as the museum security guard. The one stand out scene involves an extended cameo from a major A list Hollywood star, I won't spoil the surprise by giving anything away.

"Night at the Museum : Secret of the Tomb" adds nothing new to the franchise and will more than likely be remembered in the future as the last screen appearance of two Hollywood greats, the aforementioned Robin Williams, who looks thin and tired throughout the movie, and Mickey Rooney, who reprises his role as Gus from the first movie.

Even if it does feel as if we've seen it all before there is still a lot to enjoy in this outing, "Secret of the Tomb" is great fun and if you enjoyed the first two movies, or are new to the franchise, then this is one Museum that is certainly worth a visit.




Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb

Director: Shawn Levy
Starring: Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Dan Stevens, Ben Kingsley

UK Release: Friday 19th December 2014

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