Hotel Transylvania (2012)

logoDirector: Genndy Tartakocsky

Writer: Peter Baynham, Robert Smigel (Screenplay) Todd Druham, Dan Hageman, Kevin Hageman (Story)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, Fran Drescher, Steve Buscemi, Molly Shannon, David Spade

 

Plot: Dracula, who operates a high-end resort away from the human world, goes into overprotective mode when a boy discovers the resort and falls for the count’s teen-aged daughter.

 

Verdict: *Takes a deep breathe*

 

Story: We follow Count Dracula as he tries to raise his only daughter, all he wants is to keep her safe. We see how he makes a hotel for all the monsters to relax and escape from all the hiding. After his daughter wants freedom Dracula plans to trick her into stay, but his plan backfires as the first human finds the castle which could expose everything he has worked so hard for. Dracula has to keep the humans identity safe as the monsters would kill him if they found out the truth.

Who would be a terrifying father figure trying to protect his daughter from any freedom? Well Dracula does fit this idea, add in all the Uncle being the rest of the greatest villains in horror literacy it would be one hell of a scary idea. Sadly this doesn’t use this enough, it actually plays along the idea that the humans are the monsters. The protection idea is fine, but everything else just falls into lazy, easy attempted comedy. (4/10)

 

Character Review

 

Dracula: the over protective father who has dedicated his life to protecting his daughter from the outside world. He also has to try and play host for the monsters as he throws a party for his daughter. Over time he has to learn to let his daughter go and let the world accept him. (5/10)

 

Jonathan: Traveller who wonders into the hotel and catches the eye of Dracula’s daughter. The longer he stays the more the monsters enjoy themselves. He makes for a unlikable teenager. (4/10)

 

Mavis: Daughter of Dracula who wants to escape from her life locked away in the castle. Typical teenager role, which comes off very whiny after a while. (4/10)

 

Support Characters: With the supporting characters being the monsters from the classic horrors, but none are created to original they are all made to be generic ideas of the characters.

 

Director Review: Genndy Tartakocsky – Doesn’t manages to create anything new for the genre and uses ready created characters that don’t get used correctly. (4/10)

 

Animation: Nothing wrong with the actual animation but you will always expect good quality nowadays. (7/10)

Comedy: Mostly Sandler standard level comedy, so you know what little amount of laughs you will get. (2/10)

Settings: The settings work well to create a pre-created idea for characters locations. (7/10)

Suggestion: Don’t bother with this one, it is nothing special and nothing interesting. (Miss It)

 

Best Part: Twilight comment.

Worst Part: Sandler’s ‘comedy’

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Hopefully not

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $148 Million

Budget: $85 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 31 Minutes

Tagline: Even monsters need a vacation

 

Overall: Boring Comedy

Rating 25