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Times of India
: During a special event at the Museum of Natural History, the 'living' exhibits start to act very strangely. This is because of a curse contained within an ancient Egyptian tablet housed in the museum. Larry (Stiller) needs to find out how to get to the source of the tablet's magic in order to get things right again.
: It's a big night that Larry has planned out, with some of his favourite exhibits like Theodore Roosevelt (Williams), Attila the Hun (Gallagher), the Tyrannosaurus skeleton Rexy and of course, Dexter the Capuchin monkey all prepped up to put on a dazzling display for an evening spectacular - the re-opening of a part of the museum. With many high-profile guests in attendance, including museum curator Dr McPhee (Gervais), we are also introduced to a new character, the Neanderthal Laaa (Stiller in a double role) who thinks Larry is his 'dada' when he first sees him.
On the night of the event, all goes according according to plan for a while but strange things suddenly happen thanks to the tablet of Ahkmenrah's (stored far away in its own room) power. The exhibits go temporarily insane and the guests flee in fright. Soon after, Larry admonishes the forlorn exhibit gang, who can't quite understand what came over them. Figuring out that it was the tablet's influence, Larry finds out the story about this mysterious artifact. The tablet's (it was made as a symbol pf protection) magic is diminishing, apparently and if it continues, every exhibit will turn to wax and it's game over for everyone. So, Larry, along with his exhibit buddies including the hilarious mini-sized duo of Jedediah (Wilson) and Octavius (Coogan) , head to the British museum where they get to the source of the tablet's power and mystery.
This fairly entertaining kiddie comedy is full of funny little asides and exchanges that keep the pace going. And of special note, is Robin Williams' heartwarming performance, tinged with the kind of jocularity and poignancy that only he could pull off. Fun viewing for the holidays.
The movie opens in the year 1938, where we see a team of archaeologists looking for an ancient Egyptian hoard of treasure. They are unsuccessful to a point but when a boy in the group falls through the ground, he ends up in a secret tomb containing a lot of treasure. They also then find what they came for - the tablet of Ahkmenrah. The locals warn the archaeologists not to remove the tablet but no heed is paid their warnings about the "end will come" if the tablet is removed.
Cut to the present day and Larry Daley is planning a big night at the Museum of Natural History. Museum curator Dr McPhee is also in attendance and Larry's favorite exhibits, including Theodore Roosevelt, Attila the Hun, Sacagawea, Dexter the Capuchin Monkey, and Rexy the Tyrannosaurus skeleton are set to wow the guests with what can best be described as an old-fashioned revue-cum-acrobatic display. Jedediah and Octavius meanwhile, are elsewhere, checking out funny videos on a computer.
Larry then meets Laaa the Neanderthal who resembles Larry and Laaa thinks Larry is his dad. The tablet of Ahkmenrah is actually beginning to corrode and this has dire consequences for the exhibits, who start acting crazy and out of control during the event. After the guests flee, Larry returns home forlorn only to find his pre-college son Nick throwing a house party. Father and son have a discussion soon after about what Nick should do with his life. Larry of course wants Nick to go to college but Nick wants to be a DJ .
Larry meanwhile does some background research on the tablet and finds out that the museum's former security guard was the same boy who was around when the tablet was discovered at the old Egyptian site. Larry meets the security guard to find out what is happening. He tells the guard about the exhibits' crazy behaviour. The guard, Cecil, then suggests that they consult Ahkmenrah's parents, who are in the British Museum of Natural History. Larry then approaches McPhee, who is about to lose his job thanks to the earlier fiasco at the museum and convinces him to call the British Museum and allow Larry to travel there with Ahkmenrah and the tablet.
Now in London, Larry and gang first encounter the security guard of that museum, Tilly, who lets them through the gate. When Larry gets into the museum, he sees that Laaa, Teddy, Sacagawea, Attila, Dexter, Jed, and Octavius have all stowed away to join on the adventure. The tablet also has an effect on the exhibits at the British museum and brings them all to life at night. They have a scary encounter with a Triceratops skeleton but are saved in the nick of time by Sir Lancelot. In the fracas, Jed and Octavius are lost in a ventilation shaft and so, Larry sends Dexter into the ventilation shaft with his son Nick's smartphone with GPS activated, to find Jed and Octavius. Jed and Octavius are saved by Dexter from a burning Pompeii exhibit and the rest of the gang fight off a huge, multi-headed Chinese snake-dragon. Larry incidentally defeats the dragon with the help of a defibrillator.
Thereafter, the gang locates the tombs of Ahkmenrah's parents, Merenkahre and Shepseheret. Merenkahre then reveals that the tablet was a gift made for his son when he was a baby to keep the family together always. Endowed with the power of Khonsu, the tablet needs moonlight to retain its magic. And that is the secret of the tablet's magic
Suddenly however, Lancelot steals the tablet, as he thinks it is the Holy Grail. He then goes off crazily in search of his Guinevere and gatecrashes a play starring Hugh Jackman as King Arthur and Alice Eve as Guinevere, and thinks that that is his real Guinevere. As the tablet corrodes however, everybody except Larry is affected. They must find the runaway Lancelot. Larry and the gang continue to search for Lancelot again, but are cornered by the Trafalgar Square lion statues. Larry distracts them with a flashlight .
Anyways, so Larry and the gang finally find Lancelot and tries to get him to adjust the tablet appropriately in order for the moonlight to restore it. Larry convinces Lancelot to give him back the tablet to save his friends once the other exhibits all return to their lifeless state due to the corrosion of the tablet. Larry then adjusts the tablet and it is restored by the moon, reanimating Teddy, Dexter, and the rest.
Larry returns the tablet to Merenkahre after the New York exhibits explain that they believe the tablet and the pharaohs should stay together. On the way out, Larry catches Tilly and Laaa in a romantic moment. As they leave, Larry tells Tilly that, starting the next day, she will have the greatest job in the world.
A few years later, we learn that Larry has left the museum and is now a teacher. Tilly , who now has the tablet, brings McPhee to the museum and shows him all the exhibits coming to life, including some new displays.