Story by: Dean Crawford, Photos by:
Directed by Shawn Levy
Adventure / Comedy
I always find it a little disingenuous when people wax lyrical about an actor after they’ve passed away. I don’t understand why people can’t get the praise they deserve while they are alive. Take a look at the American Film Institute’s list of the top 50 actors of all time: There are some absolutely amazing actors included, but the prerequisite for gaining entry is that you have to be dead! It will be interesting to see if the tragic passing of Robin Williams puts him in the mix, because there is no doubting the man was a comic genius and a very good actor in his own right.
I wasn’t a fan of Williams until I saw “One Hour Photo” (2002) and was positively won over by his dramatic acting ability. Not to mention his star turn in Christopher Nolan’s “Insomnia” (2002), where he more than held his own against Oscar winner Al Pacino. Watching these films made me revisit “Good Will Hunting” (1997) and “Good Morning, Vietnam” (1987) and realize the genius Williams possessed. This month sees the release of his final movie, “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb,” the third in the hugely successful franchise.
“Secret of the Tomb” sees Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) travel to London in a bid to save the last remnants of magic in the tablet of Ahkmenrah, which is responsible for bringing all of the characters in the museum to life. Oscar winner Ben Kingsley has been added to the cast, which includes returning actors Owen Wilson, Steve Coogan and Ricky Gervais. The versatile Shawn Levy (“Real Steel,” 2011, and “The Internship,” 2013) once again sits in the director’s chair for the concluding chapter in this trilogy.
The “Night at the Museum” movies may not be classics, but I can see why they are so successful and I will be watching the final installment. I’m sure it will be a fitting send-off for Williams, as we get to see him do what he did best one last time — make people laugh.