Movie: Night at the Museum 3
My Rating: 3 stars
Well, this was a delightful, little movie. Yeah, it’s kind of a mom movie. The humor is accessible, the sassy bits are pretty tame, and the message is cheesy. And I did, in fact, see it in the theater with my mom during some holiday vacation a while back. But, that kind of thing can be fun sometimes. I don’t have anything to prove about how sophisticated my taste in movies is. Movies are fun. Going to see them is fun. The movie would have to be pretty atrocious for me to regret having seen it. But, I realize that that doesn’t sound like the most ringing endorsement of this movie.
This is the third film in the franchise. So, a lot of the tropes and plot devices are already well established. Ben Stiller works at a museum where the exhibits magically come to life each evening. Dinosaur skeletons walk around. Wax figures roam the halls, falling in love, or continuing anachronistic feuds. And, hilarity naturally ensues because it’s Ben’s job to prevent anything really destructive from happening on his watch. But, honestly I’m having a really hard time remembering many of the finer details. I guess in this one, the main problem is that this reanimating magic seems to be wearing off, and the characters need to discover the reason why before it’s lost forever. And, naturally this takes them to England. The franchise is attempting to hit up all of Western civilization’s reputable museums. Although, maybe the next installment will take them to Asia.
This is a pretty broad comedy. It’s designed to make audiences feel smart for recognizing historical figures. Then they get to laugh at a poop joke. A lot of bodily fluids are featured in this comedy—and a fair amount of unwanted amorous advances too. It’s not very sophisticated material. But, sometimes you can’t drag your mom to see Ex Machina. All she’ll do is complain about the nudity. And, on those occasions, it’s good to have a little good, clean, family fun up one’s sleeve.
There’s no reason for you to run out and rent this movie unless you’re already totally wild about the franchise—or unless you have a couple of school-aged nephews to entertain. It’s cute enough, but nothing to write home about. But hey, I saw it, and I even had a pretty pleasant time. So, I really can’t complain. But, this isn’t my usual fare, so I can’t really recommend it.