Hotel Transylvania, or Fawlty Towers?
Title – Hotel Transylvania : A Monster Vacation
Certificate – U
Director – Genndy Tartakovsky
Writers – Michael McCullers & Genndy Tartakovsky
Cast – Adam Sandler (Dracula), Andy Samberg (Johnny), Selena Gomez (Mavis), Kevin James (Frank), Keegan-Michael Key (Murray)
Plot – Count Dracula and company participate in a cruise for sea-loving monsters, unaware that their boat is being commandeered by the monster-hating Van Helsing family.
For me, the Hotel Transylvania films were just OK. Nothing spectacular, not as funny as the Shrek films and not as endearing as most Pixar offerings.
But Hotel Transylvania 3 ramps everything up to 11.
First of all, it’s funny…very funny, which really engages you in the film. It’s all about the side characters creating the best moments, like the kids trying to hide the fact they have smuggled a 20ft Pug onto the boat, or the Jelly being the fall guy every time someone is trying to take Dracula out.
The action moves out of the Hotel and onto (in the words of the characters) “a hotel, on the water!” It really benefits from a change of scenery too, allowing the writers to come up with loads more outrageous concepts…for example, Gremlin Air, the plane which takes them all to the Bermuda Triangle, being overrun with devious gremlins causing all kinds of carnage, even blowing up one of the engines to bring the plane into land. It’s literally like flying Jet 2…see for yourself.
This film is a fantastic addition to the franchise. It made me laugh so much more than it’s predecessors and I would rather watch this one again in the coming years, than watch the first two.