Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

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Since I may be the only movie critic that didn’t see either of the first movies, I assumed the gags (that were obviously recycled), would be fresh. Instead, I’m watching everything come to life in this museum and not caring in the least. And in a year where I saw Philip Seymour Hoffman in his last movie…it was painful to see Robin Williams and Andy Rooney in their final roles, and neither being humorous at all.  It was also frustrating to see the two funniest people from the UK – Steve Coogan and Ricky Gervais – only getting a couple of laughs.

Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect), who is always hysterical in interviews, makes jokes about how she could be a model if she weren’t addicted to pizza. Really? Those are the types of jokes that they think will get laughs? It’s essentially a kids movie but the problem is, they won’t get any of the references. I doubt they’ll understand the Pompeii bit, the Exodus piece, or even know who Robin Williams is playing (Teddy Roosevelt).

The story involves a tablet taken from a tomb in Egypt in the early ‘30s. The power it has is failing, and this will kill off all the characters that come to life in the museum. So, off to London for Larry (Ben Stiller) and his son, and a few of the others from the museum.

There’s an unfunny bit about a Neanderthal that looks similar to Larry, and thinks he’s his father.

Nothing out of Owen Wilson’s mouth is remotely funny. Oh wait, there was a bit where he is watching cat videos online. That was cute, and…about as entertaining as if you stayed home and watched cat videos on the computer.

In yet another part of the film kids won’t understand or care about – the constant nagging by Larry, who wants his son (Skylar Gisondo) to give up his dreams of being a DJ and go to college.

Lancelot (Dan Stevens) is given a lot of screen time, and doesn’t do a single funny thing. It’s mildly amusing when his nose starts to melt. Yet him getting on the stage in London, and being confused by the fact that there are actors and it’s not his story, could’ve been great. Instead, it’s a wasted cameo.

I suppose adults can be dragged to worse kids movies. The few adults I talked to at the screening liked it, so maybe you will, too.

I’m giving it 1 ½ stars out of 5.

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