Right, so yet again, this is another film that I hadn’t watched the prequels for, but at least, I did know the basic story.
So Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation or A Monster Vacation, was the third film in the Hotel Transylvania franchise, directed by Genndy Tartakovsky starring a cast of Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, Andy Samberg, Kevin James, Fran Drescher, Molly Shannon, Steve Buscemi, Keegan-Michael Key, Kathryn Hahn and Jim Gaffigan. Interestingly enough newbies Kathryn Hahn and Jim Gaffigan make quite an impact (or so I hear).
Interestingly enough, the movie was not as big a hit as the previous films from the franchise. While the film attempts to deliver a nice sentiment and say that if we take an effort to look past our differences, we’re not actually that different. This remains a symptom hidden deep beneath a simplistic, goofy message. What the film lacks is the success in sparking life to the story.
In what seems like a bid for attention, Dracula decides to get back into the dating scene, and downloads ‘Zinger’ right at the start. After being forced into a surprise vacation with his daughter Mavis, they all set off to finally spend some quality time together. But behold, the first sight of caption Erica of the ship to Atlantis (yes, they apparently found the lost city) and Dracula is in love! But of course, Erica is the evil human out to get the monster…well for the first half or so of the film.
From there it is pretty much the usual story of opposites attracting, falling in love and finally good triumphs all. Yes, just the usual.
The film leaves very little up for imagination.
A few parts of the film do perk it up a bit if you’re an adult watching that is. The weird dancing scene with Dracula and Erica as she attempts to get the all powering weapon, Dracula dancing to Uptown Funk and of course, the climax like no other. If you don’t think too much into it, you might be lucky enough to spend half the film laughing at the sheer madness and well, come out not completely regretting it.
I suppose it’s still a fun enough movie for the kids. But not as much for the adults accompanying them.
I’d give it a 2.5/5. But hey, go watch and make your own impressions, cause this is definitely one film you can’t judge.