Night at the Museum: Kahmunrah Rises Again Review: The Museum of Natural History has come alive again!

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Nandini Iyengar
Nandini Iyengar
A writer and translator by profession, Nandini is also known for using a lot of pun.

Night at the Museum: Kahmunrah Rises Again Review – Movies have proven a good escape from reality, time and again. If the movie has fantastical elements to it, then it simply enriches the viewing experience. Daily life has often found a representation in the movies. Watching incidents similar to their lives happening on screen can be a revealing experience for many.

In a world where money primes every other need, getting a decent job to stay afloat has become a necessity. One is barely left with any choice when they are not qualified enough for a high paying job or rather are out of options. A night guard at a museum might not be the most exciting of jobs out there, but it helps pay the bills and stay afloat in this economy. Larry Daley had to turn to doing the job of a night guard to pay for his child’s education and also sustain himself after his divorce.

What awaited him at his new job was a new eye opening experience. The Museum of Natural History in New York had a secret which came alive each night. Being the night guard, Larry became a part of that secret. Larry’s journey as a night guard is well documented in the cult classic movie series ‘Night at the Museum.’

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The first movie was released in 2006, with a sequel in 2009 and a third movie in 2014. After a wait of almost eight years, the movie franchise has a fourth movie to its credit. This time, the makers took a turn down the animation alley and released a film which takes Larry’s legacy ahead after his teenage son Nick takes the reins as the next night guard. 

Night at the Museum: Kahmunrah Rises Again Plot

Night at the Museum: Kahmunrah Rises Again is a 2022 animated movie from the ‘Night at the Museum’ movie franchise. The movie picks up where its predecessor left off. Larry has been offered a promotion at the museum’s branch in Japan, and the New York one now needs a replacement. The artifacts in the museum drive away any potential night guard candidate because they want Larry’s son Nick to take the job. Larry reluctantly agrees. He talks to Nick about it, and Nick, although not happy about it, accepts the job. Nick is already aware of the museum’s secret and prepares to start his new job.

On the first day of his job, he is faced with the antagonist of the story – Kahmunrah. Kahmunrah wishes to use Akmenrah’s tablet to resurrect the army of the underworld. He resurrects the God of Chaos, who is funnily named Seth and is in the form of a rodent. Seth is very unstable as the God and he often adds more chaos to Kahmunrah’s plans than help him. He finds a poster to the Temple of Dendur and enters into ancient Egypt to complete his mission.

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Nick is a regular teenager who is anxious about showing his talent, is very awkward when it comes to talking to his crush and is also always worried that he is bound to fail. When he goes to audition for the school jazz band, he panics under pressure and misses his audition. When Kahmunrah almost succeeds in his mission to resurrect the army of the underworld, Nick gives up hope to set things right and blames himself for everything that has happened.

But Sakagawea, Theodore Roosevelt, Octavius, Jedediah, Attila the Hun, Laa, Joan of Arc and others give him strength. Together Nick and the historical figures battle against Kahmunrah. Kahmunrah is finally defeated, and Nick and the group go back through a poster of the museum, just in time for the sunrise to hit the land. After that night, Nick learns to be more confident of his capabilities. He also learns to be more confident about himself and asks his crush out for a date. He also participates in the school jazz band audition and passes with flying colours.

'Night at the Museum" Kahmunrah Rises Again' Review movie poster featuring the lead character and a T-Rex skeleton.
‘Night at the Museum: Kahmunrah Rises Again’ movie poster. Image Credits: Disney + Hotstar

Night at the Museum: Kahmunrah Rises Again Review

The fourth installment in the ‘Night at the Museum’ movie franchise is a delightful continuation to its live action predecessors. The cast has changed entirely from what we saw in the live action trilogy. Since the story is an animation, the characters carry exaggerated expressions and bodily humour. The makers have caught the intricacies of each character well in the animated format.

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The story is fairly simple and despite its predictability it does not bore the viewers. It is a delight to watch some of the beloved characters on screen again, albeit in an animated avatar. ‘Night at the Museum: Kahmunrah Rises Again’ leaves a lesson or two in its wake. The first one being that one must not undervalue one’s own skills out of fear of rejection.

One can never know the result if one never tries. Nick’s case of being scared of failure and rejection is an apt representation of the same. The next lesson is that with the correct support and motivation, one can achieve greatness. Nick had the support of Theodore Roosevelt and others from the Museum of Natural History when he faced Kahmunrah. Similarly, he had the support of his jazz music teacher when he went to perform at the audition. 

All in all, ‘Night at the Museum: Kahmunrah Rises Again’ is a fun entertainer for adults and children alike. The movie stars Zachary Levi as Larry Daley and Laa, Joshua Bassett as Nick Daley, Thomas Lennon as Theodore Roosevelt, Jack Whitehall as Octavius, Steve Zahn as Jedadiah, Kieran Sequoia as Sakagawea, Alice Isaaz as Joan of Arc, among others. It is directed by Matt Danner who is known for his works like “The Looney Tunes Show”. ‘Night at the Museum: Kahmunrah Rises Again’ is streaming exclusively on Disney+ Hotstar.

Have you watched the Night at the Museum: Kahmunrah Rises Again? If yes, what are your comments about this movie? Let me know in the comments below.

Also, do check out other movie/series reviews from here. I will see you in another post. Until then, take care!!

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