Night at the Museum Secret of the Tomb DVD Review

DVD Review by Jon E Clist
Night At The Museum Secret of the Tomb

The Premise
When the exhibits at New York's Natural History Museum start behaving strangely, Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) -- now the director of nighttime operations -- must find out the cause. He learns that the Tablet, which magically brings Teddy Roosevelt (Robin Williams), Jedediah (Owen Wilson) and the other exhibits to life at night, has started to decay. Larry, along with his son and museum friends, must travel to London's British Museum to learn how to prevent the Tablet's magic from disappearing.
The Review
Okay so here is what you would think will be the final film in a trilogy for the Night at the Museum team. As the title would suggest, here we are going to find out a little more behind the magic tablet that brings these exhibits to life. Of course when we all first heard there would be a third film, the same thought most likely entered into all of our minds; “What can they do differently with the concept of the exhibits coming to life at night in a museum?”. You would certainly be forgiven for asking this or even going so far as to thinking there is nothing new to come of it. However, with the addition of a new location, a handful of new characters and the fact that two of the cast members passed away before the release of the film, there is by far a new dimension to the film even if in some cases just in the way we think about it.

Bonus Fact: There was going to be a spinoff featuring Jedediah and Roosevelt before the sudden tragic death of Robin Williams.

Everyone will know that Robin Williams is no longer with us and hence this may be his final physical appearance in a film. (He lends his voice to another film yet to come out, however filmmaker Simon Pegg has said that he is not sure that Williams finished all the voicing in the film and may end up being cut from the film.) So for me as a huge Robin Williams fan, there is something rather nice in getting to say goodbye to Robin through this film, and the film does work it into the plot quite well if not a little cheesy.

On a side note, here is a nice little bonus story about Robin Williams and his co-cast members from ET. Just months before his passing, Robin Williams teamed up with Ben Stiller to help their Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb co-star Skyler Gisondo ask a girl to his high school prom. In the video, Williams shows off many of his signature voices to help Skyler win over the lucky lady-- and the end result was hilarious.

“I wasn’t going to be back to ask my date to the prom, my girlfriend at the time," Skyler told ET at the film's L.A. premiere. "So I wrote a little skit and I asked Robin Williams and Ben Stiller to be in the skit and Crystal the monkey to be in the skit with us. At the end of the video we recorded, Crystal ran up with the rose and hopped on my shoulder and gave me the rose to hold out to the camera. It was pretty neat, it was the highlight of my life.”

I do want to point out that Williams was not alone, Disney Alum Mickey Rooney also passed away in 2014 after shooting his scenes for this film. Hence at the end of the film you will see a nice note of tribute to both Williams and Rooney.
So as mentioned earlier, there is a new location as the team have to travel to London for answers as to how the tablet works and in that process they find themselves face to face with Sir Lancelot and various other London based exhibits who of course do not understand that they aren't really the people they are modeled after and this makes for a little confusion and hence entertainment along the way.
The Verdict
It’s a cheesy family film with plenty of laughs and good moments that is entertaining and a nice escape from the hot summer days and busy shopping malls this summer season.
The Trailer
The Info
DVD Releases: 8th April 2015
Rating: PG – Contains low level violence
Duration: 98 minutes
Genre:  Family
Starring: Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson
Director: Shawn Levy (Real Steel, Date Night)
The Extras
Dan Stevens left Downton Abbey for this project
Old night guards Cecil (Dick Van Dyke) Reginald (Bill Cobbs) and Gus (Mickey Rooney) return from the first film.
Jake Cherry played Nick Daley in the previous films. Here he is played by Skyler Gisondo.
Third and final installment of the Night at the Museum (2006) trilogy.
This is the 4th film to feature Owen Wilson in a film directed by Shawn Levy. The other 3 are Night at the museum 1 & 2 and The Internship.