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Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, 21 Laps Entertainment and 192 Pictures present a 97 minute, PG, Adventure, Family, Comedy, directed by Shawn Levy, written by David Guion and Michael Handelman with a theater release date of December 19, 2014.


Egypt, 1938, a young Cecil and his father are on an expedition looking for a lost tomb which holds the mysterious tablet. Once the tomb is found they are warned that the end will come unless they leave now. Present day, Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) is reopening the Museum of Natural History in New York City. A fund raiser is planned for the event and a spectacular show is about ready to begin with an array of oldies but goodies, Teddy Roosevelt (Robin Williams), Dexter (Crystal the Monkey), Sacajawea (Mizuo Peck), Octavius (Steve Coogan), Jedediah (Owen Wilson), Ahkmenrah (Rami Malek), Attila the Hun (Patrick Gallagher) amongst many other residents of the museum that have come to life because of the tablet are on hand for the celebration.

Something is wrong, the tablet is corroding and it is affecting the museum residents in some unfamiliar and frightening manners, causing the party people to flee in fear and Dr. McPhee (Ricky Gervais) the museum director is none too happy. Looking for answers the night guard Larry and his son Nick (Skyler Gisondo) are on their way to the British Museum in the UK to search for clues of why the tablet is turning, little did Larry know that he got more than he bargained for when his special crate arrived. Thankfully with the help of Merenkahre (Ben Kingsley) and the advice of a much older Cecil (Dick Van Dyke) and his sidekick Gus (Mickey Rooney) answers have become available to their questions. By the light of a full moon and the help of some friends Larry and his son are able to overtake Tilly (Rebel Wilson) the night security guard, fight the snake demon, help his friends outrun Pompeii and battle Sir Lancelot (Dan Stevens) making darkness at the British Museum enjoyable and a kiss amongst friends, one a bit smaller and hairier than the other, seem a little less weird.

Back in New York City, three years later, the Treasures of the British Museum have come to America to be shown and thanks to the tablet coming along life is once again renewed bringing a bit more magic to the beloved Museum of Natural History right down to some truly real dirty dancing. Dedicated to Mickey Rooney and Robin Williams this film is visually astounding but falls short on the writing aspects of the story line. Great special effects, score and overall presentation of this third film in the series will add to the positive side of this not so funny but more dramatic family film.

Stiller is stellar in this so familiar role. Wonderful to see Williams who tends to liven up a room as soon as he enters as did Rooney. Stevens is valiant with his efforts, Wilson comedic, Kingsley noble, Wilson and Coogan playful, Gervais spot on, Peck speechless and Crystal one of the best parts. Even though the film is more adventuresome and dramatic, the comedy is laced within in smaller quantities. I appreciated the dedications to Williams and Rooney along with some surprising cameos in the film. Written and enjoyed with 2 paws out of 4 by Jon Patch.

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