As kid’s movies go, these are entertaining, fun, and educational. NATM3 follows its predecessors perfectly. Ben Stiller is up to his usual Ben Stiller-ness. Each time he thinks he’s got things under control, they spin wildly out of hand. He responds with hesitant sarcasm. It’s a pattern that has worked well twice already and continues to work in part 3.
As usual, the movie features appearances by some well known comic actors: Owen Wilson, Ricky Gervais, Rebel Wilson, and the final performance of Robin Williams.
I appreciate that they use a variety of characters from throughout history. My kids learned what Easter Island was by watching the first movie. And while it’s not a documentary by any means, it sneakily helps children get interested in learning. I like that very much.
There are, of course, some questionable moments that I would prefer they leave out of movies for my kids: The monkey urinating on the miniature men, the ambiguously gay Roman, etc. But over all, this was a fun family film.
Even as an adult, it’s easy to let yourself get caught up in the fun of the story. I found one of Teddy Roosevelt’s line to be particularly inspirational. When Larry (Stiller) is concerned about the future, Roosevelt (Williams) tells him that not knowing is one of the joys of living. Larry says, “I don’t even know what I’m going to do tomorrow.” to which Roosevelt replies, “How exciting for you!”
While it’s not going to be winning any Oscars for its stellar performances or story, it’s still an enjoyable romp through history. Give this movie a shot if you’re looking for a few laughs and some simple fun entertainment.
Have you seen these movies? Do you have a favorite? Did you like the new one or did it feel like old news? Leave me a comment!