Fun family romp that won’t make you zing!
Welcome to the hotel Transylvania (I can’t write that phrase without humming an all too familiar Eagles tune) where monsters come to enjoy themselves and not worry about humans chasing them with pitchforks and flaming torches – a getaway, if you will…for monsters. About a century ago, Dracula built this hotel for that exact reason, well, to be more precise, to have a place to raise his daughter, Mavis, safely. Unfortunately for him, she is now 118 years old (I see what they did there) and wants to explore the world. What does a father do to protect his only child from the general populace that hates vampires and their ilk? Not to mention how he can hide the human named Johnathan (Andy Samberg) who wandered into their midst…
For a father/daughter story, it was interesting that the majority of the film focused on Dracula and Johnathan, and the antics that ensued as he tried to cover up the human’s presence from the rest of the monsters. While the premise, hell, the TITLE, suggests this takes place in a hotel, you never get the sense that’s where the setting really is beyond the undead help or towards the end, especially since everyone that visits is there for Mavis’s birthday party. That nitpick aside, Hotel Transylvania is standard kiddy fare, giving very few nods the adult’s way. I can’t say it wasn’t enjoyable, and judging by the target audience’s (my daughter’s) faces, this one will have to go into my Blu-ray collection soon.
I’ve never been fond of Adam Sandler’s attempts at voices, even if his lack of ability is where the comedy is at. So it surprised me that one of them found a home in Dracula, and that I did not mind it one bit. While it not be ‘authentic’ vampire, it still passed muster for me. The rest of the voice acting was just fine. There wasn’t much required from the actors except to deliver their humor on cue.
If you expect the emotional depth of a Pixar film, you’ll be expecting too much, as this film takes a high dive into a kiddy pool where that is concerned. But if you go into it with no expectations, you might find yourself enjoying this one regardless.