Something that I didn’t expect? Loving this movie. Filled with laughs from start to finish, Hotel Transylvania follows the trend of ghoulish animated features that have/will come out in theaters this season. But laughs are only part of this movie, which has a truly heartwarming plot.
Count Dracula (Adam Sandler) is determined to take care of his darling baby Mavis (Selena Gomez), so much so that he constructs a five-star, ultra-secure monster hotel, hidden far away from the horrible humans who threaten their livelihood.
Fast forward a hundred some years, and the hotel is still booming, especially since it is Mavis’ 118th birthday celebration. Dracula spares no expense for his dearest, and invites what seems like all of the world’s most famous monsters. Frankenstein (Kevin James) and his wife Eunice (Fran Drescher) arrive by post (to save some travel money). Werewolf Wayne (Steve Buscemi), his very pregnant wife Wanda (Molly Shannon), and their ever-growing family show up, creating plenty of chaos and mess for the team of witch maids to clean up. These monsters and more are ready for a holiday, and are excited to see what events Drac has come up with for the celebration.
After 118 birthdays, Mavis has finally earned the blessing of her father to venture out into the human world. When Dracula gives her permission to go out of the castle on her own to a nearby village, she is pleasantly surprised at his leniency. What she doesn’t know is that her overprotective father has tricked her, and posed zombies as humans in order to persuade Mavis that humans are bad. When she returns from the village, she concedes that her father was right, and that humans are terrible creatures.
While Dracula is thrilled at this development, he becomes horrified when he realizes that a human has found his way into the hotel. Backpacking adventure-seeker Jonathan (Andy Samberg) ends up in the wrong place when he wanders into Hotel Transylvania. Dracula’s worst fear comes true, and he attempts to get rid of Jonathan before anyone notices he was even there. Unfortunately, Drac’s plans go awry, and he not only must convince his monster friends that the costumed Johnny is a distant relative of Frankenstein, but also keep him away from Mavis.
The lessons learned by Dracula, Mavis, Jonathan, and the entire monster population are classics, but they are presented in a comical and heartwarming way that is sure to produce at least a few laughs. Additional voice acting really livened up the story, with David Spade as the Invisible Man, CeeLo Green as Murray the Mummy, and Jon Lovitz as the suspicious Quasimodo.
The saying, “don’t judge a book by its cover” really applies to this movie. I didn’t expect to have as much fun as I did, and the entire audience seemed to really enjoy it just as much. I wouldn’t bring children who are too easily scared, as there are some talking dead heads, and other ghoulish things, but for the most part, they are turned comical, or don’t last too long. For example, when Dracula gets really angry, the tone gets darker, and his eyes turn red. This did startle me at first, as I wasn’t expecting the movie to take on that tone. Still, kids today are somewhat more desensitized, and if they watch the standard lineup of cartoons on TV, they will be just fine.
Hotel Transylvania – 7/10