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Soundtrack review: Night at the museum – Secret of the tomb (Alan Silvestri – 2014)

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Soundtrack review: Night at the museum – Secret of the tomb (Alan Silvestri – 2014)


Alan Silvestri month continues with his freshest release (next week): the third “Night at the museum” movie titled “Secret of the tomb”. Ben Stiller and the exhibits from the museum are back and we will laugh and cry because Robin Williams is not with us anymore. I enjoyed the first two scores of the franchise…

…but I do not remember them sounding as epic as the opening cue from this one, “The Akhmnerah expedition”. This is “The mummy returns” level stuff and that’s one of my favorite Silvestri scores. The score starts fresh and exciting and “The grand re-opening” is one magnificent adventure track and you will find yourself grooving to this one. There’s something different about the first half of this score which makes it the best of the three so far. I am also enjoying the longer cues than we used to get on the “Night at the museum” scores.

The second half of the score though kind of loses its steam and the length of the cues becomes a problem because most of them sound like fillers. There are still some beautiful parts in “Seeing your boy become a man” and “A farewell kiss” but they could work on any movie. I’ve heard these tracks many times before but then again, I’m sure they work very well in context.

While not the best score Alan Silvestri has ever written, “Night at the museum: Secret of the tomb” completes a satisfactory and fun trilogy.

Cue rating: 75 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 11 / 57

Album excellence: 19%


The Ahkmnerah Expedition

The Grand Re-Opening



Mihnea Manduteanu

I have been listening to film music for 25 years and writing about it since 2014. I've written over 1000 reviews and I can't imagine myself doing anything else. I am also a member of IFMCA (International Film Music Critics Association).

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