Hotel Transylvania Review

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Plot Synopsis

In 1895, Dracula built a 5-star hotel specifically for monsters in hopes of protecting his precious daughter Mavis from the humans and their wicked ways. In present times, the resort has risen to the name of Hotel Transylvania and homes an abundance of monsters vacationing to get away from the humans. On one special weekend, Dracula invites all monsters that ever existed from Frankenstein, the Werewolf, Invisible Man, the Mummy, and many more to celebrate the 118th Birthday of his daughter. When the party is about to start, the 21-year old human named Jonathan stumbles into the hotel forcing Dracula disguises him as a monster in an attempt to avoid havoc in the resort. However, when Mavis feels an attraction towards Jonathan and ignores her father’s advice on the humans, will Dracula be able to accept this forbidden “zing” or terminate it before any other chaos stirs in Hotel Transylvania?

Characters

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Dracula
Owner of Hotel Transylvania, Dracula is a strong yet, overprotective father who prioritizes the safety of his daughter Mavis above all else. Holding a strong grudge against the humans, Dracula will stop at nothing to prevent all encounters with them so that no other monsters will be harmed. Yet, with the arrival of Jonathan and Mavis’ crush on him, will Dracula choose the happiness of his own daughter or protect her from the terrible humans?

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Mavis
Offspring of Dracula himself, Mavis is a typical 118-year old teenage girl who wants nothing more than to explore the world and escape the domain of her childhood. However, the land itself is infested with the terrifying humans. When the arrival of the human Jonathan enters the hotel, Mavis will have to rebel against the grounds of her own father to chase after her one and only “zing.”

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Jonathan
A 21-year old who loves the freedom of exploration within the world. Jonathan is scared out of his mind when he realizes that his stay at Hotel Transylvania and its inhabitants are not your typical tenants. To make matters worse, Jonathan has been forced to emulate as a monster to keep his human identity a secret. Not on the best terms with Dracula for “zinging” with Mavis, can Jonathan teach the monsters that the humans are not the fire-torching and heart-staking villains they portray them to be?

Review

This monster-filled movie reminds a lot of Pixar’s Monster’s Inc. where the monsters play the role of the good guys and humans are depicted as being the actual “monsters.” The animations themselves are above par, but are not entirely stellar. I thought it was a great turn in uniting fearsome monster classics into one film, but characterizing them to be not the most frightening creatures really defeats the purpose of them being classic thrillers. However, I do understand that the film was more directed towards a younger audience and even as an 18-year old college student, I did find the movie hilarious with its comedy and saddening at several scenes. Therefore, adults and the older generation might get a kick out of the film, but that’s nearly it; a kick. I must admit there were terribly dull scenes at times that dragged out the inevitable and predictable plot that would unravel.

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Frankenstein
A tall-tale monster renowned for his over sized body, but little does legend know that Frankenstein has one of the biggest hearts. Best friend to Dracula and “Uncle Frank” to Mavis, Frankenstein has lost his monstrous side and in fact, is just a lovable lug. He is bewildered and surprised when he meets a cousin he has never met named “Johnnystein” (Jonathan in disguise).

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Wayne the Werewolf
Office worker by day and tired father by night, Wayne and his wife have produced litters and litters of pups. With no respect from any of his kids, Wayne is bummed out from his dull and repetitive life. However, his visit to Hotel Transylvania excites him as he can be himself without too much worrying about the havoc his children will do and leaving their cleanups to the witch-maid service.

Throughout the movie, the embodiment for the word “love” is replaced with the notion of a “zing.” This could have been done to pave the road towards defining the first simple stages of love itself.  Though the idea was nice, I found it excruciatingly annoying that the film constantly repeated the phrase, “You only zing once in your life.” This sounds familiar to you? It should be since it’s essentially the reemphasize of the motto that people nowadays are throwing known as “YOLO” or “You only live once.” Whenever a character said it during the movie, it stung my ears swollen.

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Murray the Mummy
Always the center of attention at parties, Murray brings a boisterous and enthusiastic character to the field of monsters. Having to spend most of every year in his Egyptian tomb entertaining the Pharaohs Murray is always ready to lighten up the parties hosted at Hotel Transylvania

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Griffin the Invisible Man
Don’t be fooled by this guy’s lack of visibility. Griffin is by far one of the wittiest monsters at Hotel Transylvania and always goofs off with his friend Dracula. Don’t judge a book by its covers, or Griffin will be giving paybacks soon enough.Aside from the cons, Hotel Transylvania really is an attractive film to behold. What it lacks in some fields, it makes up for in the enjoyment of watching the undead king Dracula panic like never before. And who would have thought that even Dracula acts like a typical father to his kin. I personally found the dialogue to be quite ingenious not to mention Adam Sandler playing the Drac-man himself made the character gold in voice. The movie itself does a splendid job in reminding us people in our current era that happiness is really a choice and no bounds should stop you from indulging in this jubilant and wonderful feeling.

Aside from the cons, Hotel Transylvania really is an attractive film to behold. What it lacks in some fields, it makes up for in the enjoyment of watching the undead king Dracula panic like never before. And who would have thought that even Dracula acts like a typical father to his kin. I personally found the dialogue to be quite ingenious not to mention Adam Sandler playing the Drac-man himself made the character gold in voice. The movie itself does a splendid job in reminding us people in our current era that happiness is really a choice and no bounds should stop you from indulging in this jubilant and wonderful feeling.

Overall, I would recommend people to watch this flick when you’re in a need of a good laugh here and there. Don’t be so harsh to judge this film and it does bring a smile on your face when you see a heart felt side of Dracula once you look past the “blah blah blah I’m going to suck your blood!” So get your reservations ready, and I do hope you enjoy your stay at the 5-star resort Hotel Transylvania.

Rating: 7.5/10

Produced by: Columbia Pictures

Director:  Genndy Tartakovsky

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Posted on February 26, 2013, in Animated Movies and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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