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

The Lego Movie (2014)

logoDirector: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller

Writer: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller (Screenplay) Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, Kevin Hageman, Dan Hagerman (Story)

 

Plot: An ordinary Lego construction worker, thought to be the prophesied ‘Special’, is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil tyrant from gluing the Lego universe into eternal stasis.

 

Verdict: Basic Animation

 

Story: The reluctant hero storyline gets a makeover with a full range of favourite characters from franchises including Batman, Superman, Star Wars and many more. It is designed to be pure fun much like what real Lego really is.in the end the story is really about letting people into your life so you can enjoy everything you have together. (8/10)

 

Character Review

 

Emmet: the over excited plan construction worker who ends up being the special one who needs to take down the evil Lord Business and save the day. (9/10)

 emmet

Lord Business: The villain who wants to take control of the whole Lego universe and destroy everyone who gets in his way. The name is just a metaphor for an absent parent. (8/10)

lord business

Wyld Style: The love interest for Emmet who has a wild side where she dreams of being the one to save the day along with her boyfriend Batman. (7/10)

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Director Review: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller – Create a good film that really focuses on the kids with clever references that adults will understand. (7/10)

 

Animation: Top level animation used throughout. (9/10)

Family: One that will appeal to the whole family. (9/10)

Settings: Each setting it brilliantly created to add to the story. (9/10)

Suggestion: This is one for the kids to enjoy, so take the family along to enjoy. (For the Kids)

 

Best Part: A nice twist to bring the story into reality.

Worst Part: Aimed at too younger audience.

Believability: The reality twist is very believable. (7/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Yes

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: Could get an animation nod

Box Office: $468 Million

Budget: $60 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 40 Minutes

Tagline: Assembling in 2014

 

Overall: Simple Animated Film

Rating 70