Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

Composed By: Alan Silvestri

Distributed by: Varese Sarabande Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


                In the third installment of the Night at the Museum movie series, Secrets of the Tomb, Museum of Natural History security guard Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) discovers that the Tablet of Ahkmenrah is eroding.  As the Egyptian tablet continues to erode, the exhibits of the museum start to act abnormally.  According to the ancient prophecy, the destruction of the Tablet of Ahkmenrah will bring about the end of magic.  Larry and friends travel to England in hopes of finding the secret to retaining the magic of the tablet before it's too late.

                The musical score of Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb was created by the celebrated American composer Alan Silvestri.  Beginning his career in film score composition in the early 1970s, Alan Silverstri has composed film scores for over 100 films of every style and genre like Beowulf, Disney's A Christmas Carol, Polar Express, Captain America: The First Avenger, Forrest Gump, Predator, The Abyss, and more.  This is his third foray into the Night at the Museum saga, having created musical scores for the first two films.

                When I first began listening to the Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb Soundtrack, I was taken aback.  The orchestral score was surprisingly more fast-paced, action/ epic adventure than I was expecting.  I expected way more comedic cues.  There were some quirky comedy strokes here and there within the score, such as the tippy toe, uh-oh sound found at the beginning of the track Xiangliu.  But for the most part, the score Silvestri created signifies an adventure of epic proportions, featuring heavy percussion and dramatic horns.

                The music created for Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb by Silvestri captures the amazing adventure Larry and his cohorts find themselves on, the sadness at the idea of the loss of magic forever and the determination to keep that from happening.  In that, Silvestri has created a perfect score for the film and one that I would definitely recommend to any fan of the series.


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