The gang is back!
I have to say, one of the best things about this franchise is all the familiar faces. Not bad considering the first movie was 8 years ago. But I digress…
In this latest (possibly last?) instalment, Larry (Stiller) the night guard has to protect his friends from turning back into waxed figures forever. The magic tablet is corroding and as the title suggests, an Egyptian curse is the likely culprit. He manages to convince Dr McPhee (Gervais) to allow him to travel to London to try to unravel the mystery of the tablet and save his friends from eternal lifelessness.
Of course, all the usual suspects ….. including Teddy (Williams), Jedidiah (Wilson), Octavius (Coogan), Ankmenrah (Malek), Attila (Gallagher) and Sacajawea (Peck)…. tag along.
We also meet some new characters, most notably a very confident and veeeerrrry handsome Sir Lancelot (Stevens), an adorably goofy British Museum guard Tilly (Rebel Wilson), a righteous Pharaoh Merenkahre (Kingsley) and a hilariously dim Neanderthal called Laaa (supposedly Stiller but I am not entirely convinced)
This movie does not stray far from it’s very successful formula….. characters from different periods of time and history all come alive at night and interact with each other. Some become unwitting allies like the Roman Centurion and the Wild West cowboy. Some fall in love, just as Teddy Roosevelt and the Native American Indian guide Sacagawea do. Most just want to protect their home. This lack of variation may not be to everyone’s liking but this movie is aimed squarely at the kid’s and judging by the whoops of laughter at my screening, they have got it right again.
The jokes are familiar but funny. The chemistry between the actors is palpable and this makes this instalment all the more endearing because Larry is racing against time to save his friends. There is a sense of urgency about this movie that becomes all the more bittersweet because it was Robin Williams penultimate performance. This was not his best role but as always, he played it beautifully.
There is a very special cameo in this movie, which I wont spoil for you, but it will have you in stitches of laughter.
I liked this movie for exactly what it was…. a fun, mindless night at the museum with some zany characters along for the ride. Definitely one to break up the long, hot summer school holidays for the kids.
3 out of 5 stars
Love Flick xx
Director : Shawn Levy
Starring : Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Steve Coogan, Ricky Gervais, Dan Stevens, Rebel Wilson, Skyler Gisondo, Rami Malek, Patrick Gallagher, Mizuo Peck, Ben Kingsley, Crystal the Monkey, Dick Van Dyke, Mickey Rooney
Running Time : 98 minutes
Release Date : 26 December 2014