Rated PG. Running time: 1 hour 38 min.
Our content ratings (0-10): Violence 2; Language 1; Sex/Nudity 1.
Our star rating (1-5): 3.5
What is desirable in a person is loyalty, and it is better to be poor than a liar.
It was a wise decision to send our heroes, humans and living wax characters, across the Ocean in this fourth of the Night at the Museum series. This allowed the introduction of new characters, namely Ben Kingsley as Pharaoh Merenkahre and Dan Stevens as Sir Lancelot, both garbed in glorious costumes. Who wouldn’t want to visit the British Museum in the company of Larry Daley (Ben Stiller), Teddy Roosevelt (Robin Williams), Attila the Hun (Patrick Gallagher), Octavius (Steve Coogan), Jedediah (Owen Wilson), Ahkmenrah (Rami Malek) and Sacajawea (Mazuo Peck)?
I won’t go into the silly plot—after all, it is merely a device to set up some hilarious skits, beginning in Manhattan but soon moving to the BM—except to say that it involves the Egyptian Tablet of Ahkmenrah decaying so that if it is not restored by the Pharaoh over in London, all the magic will dissipate and everyone will become simply wax figures. This film can serve as a tonic for the winter blues, so although it is “just a fantasy,” it is well worth seeing, especially knowing that this was Robin Williams’ last role, and Mickey Rooney’s (Gus) next to last one. It is also good to see again Dick Van Dyke as retired museum guard Cecil. A fun family film about friendship and loyalty.
No discussion questions for this film.