Night at the Museum: A Childhood Classic


Rachel Smith, A&E editor


The popular film series, the Night at the Museum has come to its final conclusion with the Secret of the Tomb. Over the period of eight years three films were created, Night at the Museum, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, and Night of the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, each successfully directed by Shawn Levy.

Night at the Museum centers on Larry Daley (Ben Stiller), a divorced parent who struggles with keeping a job and acting as a mentor for his young son, Nick (Jake Cherry, Skyler Gisondo). Larry, after recently getting fired, gets a job at a museum as a night guard. However, he soon finds out that the museum is not as boring as it appears. The museum holds a golden tablet, referred to as the tablet of Ahkmenrah (Ahkmenrah is the name of an Egyptian that comes to life, played by Rami Malek), that enable the exhibits of, Theodore Roosevelt (Robin Williams); Sacagawea (Muzeo Peck); cavemen; a monkey named Dexter; a Roman soldier named Octavius (Steve Coogan); and finally, a cowboy named Jedediah (Owen Wilson); to come to life. The exhibits befriend Larry causing Nick to have a newfound respect for his dad. In the end they all encounter a major conflict when three men attempt to steal the tablet, threatening the exhibits lives.

In the second movie, The Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian Larry finds that a majority of the exhibits have been sent to the Smithsonian museum in Washington D.C. without his knowledge. Larry and Nick, in response travel to the new museum with the rest of the remaining exhibits and enter another thrilling adventure. The tablet has been moved, allowing more exhibits to come to life, causing chaos and conflict as a majority of the new exhibits are enemies, working under the order of Kahmunrah, Ahkmenrah’s evil older brother. Kahmunrah intends to use the tablet, as he realizes how valuable it is, to raise an army from the dead so he can conquer the world. This time not only are the lives of the exhibits threatened but the world, as well.

The third and final movie, The Secret of the Tomb is exciting and action packed, even more so than the first two as the world of magic is in danger. This time the tablet is beginning to malfunction, causing Larry and Nick and, of course, the exhibits to travel to a new museum in Britain that yields answers to the mystery behind its creation.

During their time at the new museum a few new characters are presented that strengthen the overall plot of the movie (Lancelot, Laaa, Merenkahre, Shepseheret, and Tilly), adding a bit of romance, along with a lot of humor. These new personalities, in the end are extremely important to the storyline as their new presence answers unanswered questions that the two movies did not fulfill.

Night at the Museum, all three, are fun family films that will leave you crying from laughter and from realizing that the series is over. The actors do a good job of portraying their parts, making it so that the audience is able to connect to the movie. Especially Stiller, who I think was very successful in making these movies comedies. He was continually making comments that, although immature, you could not help but laugh at. In addition, he was also able to become more serious when certain situations in the movie required it. Stiller did an excellent job of portraying a man who, through his time at the museum came to grow up.

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb is well worth watching. In fact, all three are. Each will bring back that feeling of childhood, a place where magic exists and the adventures are endless.