The family film of the holiday season has arrived, and it’s Robin Williams’ final onscreen performance. Should you take a trip to see ‘Night At The Museum 3’? Check out the reviews!
The highly-anticipated Night At The Museum: Secret of the Tomb finally hit theaters on Dec. 19. Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson and more are back for one last adventure at London’s British Museum. The reviews are in, and critics agree that this was a great send-off for the late Robin Williams, who passed away in Aug. 2014.
‘Night At The Museum 3’ Reviews:
The film follows Larry (Stiller), museum extraordinaire, as he learns that the Tablet, the device used to bring Teddy Roosevelt (Williams), Jedediah (Wilson) and more back to life, has started to diminish.
Larry heads over to London’s British Museum to help solve the case, and encounters Lancelot (Dan Stevens), Merenkahre (Ben Kingsley) and Octavius (Steve Coogan) along the way.
Critics had their fair share of opinions on the final installment, but many of them most admired Robin’s send-off.
It’s not going to win Oscars or show up on critics’ Top 10 lists, but Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb has one thing going for it that even many of this season’s prestige films don’t: It’s kind of fun, unembarrassingly, and not least of all because the people who made it look like they had a good time doing so…Williams’ final scene—in his final film—makes for a poignant testament, as the tired, waxworks Roosevelt chooses peaceful repose over the endless safari. Williams is also a part of the movie’s most imaginative sequence, in which Roosevelt and two other characters all become stuck in M.C.
Third time turns out to be the charm for Ben Stiller and the animated figures from the Museum of Natural History…Most of the familiar cast members are back—notably, and poignantly, Robin Williams as Teddy Roosevelt—joined by such newcomers as Dan Stevens, who’s very funny as Sir Lancelot, Rebel Wilson, as a love-starved security guard, and Ben Kingsley, whose solemn demeanor suits his role as an Egyptian potentate. It’s fun to see Dick Van Dyke in a lively cameo and historically notable to see his partner-in-crime, Mickey Rooney, in a brief, final screen appearance.
Seeing the late Robin Williams is especially hard throughout the film – downright haunting by the time he utters his woefully ironic final lines as steadfast Teddy Roosevelt…In the end, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb is a fun enough trilogy-capper for every family or fan that has followed the series – and even reason enough for newcomers to go back and check out the other fun evenings in different (more sophisticated) museums.
Like many a sequel that has exhausted its plot possibilities, Secret of the Tomb looks abroad to add color and culture…Speaking of third acts, they could have subtitled this swan-song installment The Long Goodbye – the resolutions and au revoirs take forever. It’s sad, of course, to see Williams in his Rough Rider uniform and wire-rimmed spectacles, but his performance as the 26th president is ghostly in ways that have nothing to do with the actor’s untimely death.
HollywoodLifers, are you planning on seeing Night At The Museum 3? If you have already, what did you think? Let us know in the comments below!
— Avery Thompson