I love the Night at the Museum series. And while it's true I'm a complete dork, that's the magic of these films - they bring out the dork in all of us. Whether you're a history nerd, a parent who wants a good, quality comedy the whole family can watch, or just a kid who likes to see a monkey slap a grown man in the face, these movies deliver.
And in this humble dork's opinion, the third and final installment of the Night at the Museum trilogy, "Secret of the Tomb," was no exception.
Even if you're not a Ben Stiller fan, the scenes are always stolen by the myriad of other hilarious stars in the show. Some of the original cast include: Ricky Gervais as Dr. McPhee; Owen Wilson and Steve Coogan as Jedidiah and Octavius, the cowboy-Roman general bromance no one knew could be so beautiful; and, of course, the ever-brilliant, fondly remembered Robin Williams as Teddy Roosevelt.
And newcomers: Rebel Wilson as Tilly, the night guard of the British Museum; Dan Stevens (of Downton Abbey fame) as the surprisingly funny Sir Lancelot; and the always great Sir Ben Kingsley with the brief but funny role as the Pharaoh Merenkahre. While I probably laughed more times than I should have, the other adults in the audience couldn't help themselves either.
Dick Van Dyke, Mickey Rooney, and Bill Cobbs (the retired guards from the original film) also come back in a cute, albeit brief, scene that proves they all kept their comedic touch throughout the years. The late, great Mickey Rooney's reprisal as the surly Gus, in particular, serves as a great reminder of that.
So, if you've got kids - children, grandchildren, siblings, wayward orphans - take them to see this movie. I guarantee you'll all enjoy it, even if it's hard to admit. The laughs are plenty, the effects are engrossing (there is a particularly cool scene involving an Escher lithograph), and, despite a rather drawn-out beginning that I felt could've been cut down a little, the film is 97 minutes of PG awesome (and yes, there is another monkey fight). There's even a surprise cameo I'm sure you'll all find fun. In all, I give it 3 out of 4 Miners.
As this film reminds us, "The Magic Never Ends," and it's true. I guarantee you and your family will still feel the magic long after the credits roll.