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Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
(2014)
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Composed, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Produced by:
David Bifano

Orchestrated by
Mark Graham

Performed by:
The Hollywood Studio Symphony
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Varèse Sarabande
(January 6th, 2015)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you have appreciated Alan Silvestri's varied contribution to this franchise in the past but have waited for an entry to finally fulfill some of the promise that these scores have occasionally shown.

Avoid it... if you demand more than just a handful of really enjoyable throwback Silvestri cues, because this score's highlights favor lengthy sequences of exotic specialty rather than a really satisfying conclusion of the franchise's themes.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,386
WRITTEN 2/7/15
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Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb: (Alan Silvestri) It may not have been the most widely heralded send-off for a franchise, but 2014's Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb belatedly puts the affable concept to bed with an appropriately sentimental (and surprisingly logical) conclusion. The pragmatic reason for the animation of all the exhibits featured in these films (if such a thing can exist) is finally explored in this third and final entry, an adventure that takes the magical tablet responsible for the mayhem of these stories to Britain and back to New York, allowing for a major mystery to be solved and the page to be turned. Ben Stiller's lead role as a security guard at the heart of the chaotically fantastic tale takes the major cast members from the previous films to their heartfelt end, eventually leaving his job and handing over the magic of the franchise to younger female guard who can keep the tradition of late night reanimation alive. More important than the actual plot of the film is the fact that it releases performances by actors Robin Williams and Mickey Rooney after their deaths, and, along with a cameo by Dick Van Dyke (for whom these Night at the Museum movies represent his only screen roles this late in his life), there is something eerily morbid about their presence, especially that of Williams. The inclusion of plot elements from ancient Egypt, Chinese mythology, and Arthurian legend opened up a variety of new avenues for composer Alan Silvestri in this closing chapter. His music for the Night at the Museum franchise has always been serviceable but oddly unremarkable, featuring decent enough adventure material and functional recurring themes but never really building substantive cues out of them. The veteran composer's output in the 2010's has been minimal, a pair of ventures into the Marvel action blockbuster realm followed by a series of underachieving drama, comedy, and thriller entries. Along with the amount of time he must have spent assembling the score for the resurrected television production of "Cosmos" in 2014, one has to wonder if Silvestri has turned more of his attention to his family-owned, California vineyard business. His loyalty to franchises, however, allowed him to revisit Night at the Museum one more time for another stab at honing the concept's music, and thankfully he delivers the best score of the three. Most important to the viability of the music is Silvestri's ability to congeal his ideas into fuller, better developed cues that provide for a much more engaging listening experience on album.



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Alternative review at Movie Wave
Southall - February 22, 2015, at 4:46 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 57:08
• 1. The Ahkmnerah Expedition (3:34)
• 2. Performance Prep (2:02)
• 3. LOL (2:22)
• 4. The Grand Re-Opening (3:13)
• 5. "The End Will Come" (2:19)
• 6. Sneak and Greet (3:25)
• 7. Sir Lancelot (3:33)
• 8. Where are Jed and Octavius? (2:50)
• 9. Main Hall (3:24)
• 10. Xiangliu (3:46)
• 11. Male Bonding (2:15)
• 12. The Legend of the Tablet (3:11)
• 13. The Escher Fight (3:45)
• 14. Camelot (3:49)
• 15. The Quest (2:35)
• 16. "Seeing Your Boy Become a Man" (3:14)
• 17. Laaa Love (1:53)
• 18. A Farewell Kiss (2:40)
• 19. Teddy's Goodbye (3:02)

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