Hotel Transylvania Review
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?
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.
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.
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.
Produced by: Columbia Pictures
Director: Genndy Tartakovsky