ABC Film Challenge – Animation – H – Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015)

Director: Genndy Tartakovsky

Writer: Robert Smigel, Adam Sandler (Screenplay) Todd Durham (Characters)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, Steve Buscemi, David Space, Keegan-Michael Key


Plot: Dracula and his friends try to bring out the monster in his half human, half vampire grandson in order to keep Mavis from leaving the hotel.

Tagline – Drac’s pack is back

Runtime: 1 Hour 29 Minutes


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Verdict: Typical Sandler’s Sequel


Story: Hotel Transylvania 2 starts as Mavis and Jonathan get married and start a family in Dracula’s hotel, with their child Dennis in a position of being either a human or a vampire, Dracula comes up with a plan to forces Dennis into becoming a vampire, by sending Mavis and Jonathan on a vacation.

As Dracula’s attempts to push Dennis into become a monster, he must learn that the world has changed from the time he grew up and now monsters are accepted in the world


Thoughts on Hotel Transylvania 2


Characters – Dracula is the hotel owner and still protective father, but not grandfather, he wants to see his hybrid grandson follow in his footsteps over letting him be a natural growing into his natural form. Jonathan is the human husband of Mavis that enjoys the hotel life, he must work with Dracula to stay in the hotel. Mavis is the mother of Dennis, a vampire that is trying to figure out where to raise her son.

StoryThe story seems to follow the ideas of how the world is changing and people from different generations need to learn how to adapt to this new world. Somehow, we get a deeper meaning in a movie which was designed to come off as bringing different monsters together into one movie with a comic side to it. We have another look at how a grandparent is trying to control how their children raise their kids which is fine, it a formula that works well.

Comedy/FamilyThe comedy side of this film comes from how the different monsters can go against the trends of what we have seen in the horror versions of these films, this will also be one of the family to enjoy.

SettingsThe film takes us to the hotel in Transylvania as well as the modern world where Mavis gets to experience things for the first time, we get moments which takes out character down memory lane too.

AnimationThe animation used in the movie is good from start to finish, using the generic images of the monsters to add comedy to the looks.

Scene of the Movie –
Camp time.

That Moment That Annoyed Me One too many Sandler and friends jokes.

Final ThoughtsThis is an animated comedy that does seem to work on levels you wouldn’t imagine it hitting, it will work for the whole family and shows when held back Sandler can make bearable comedies.


Overall: Solid animated sequel.




Getaway (2013)

logoDirector: Courtney Solomon

Writer: Sean Finegan, Gregg Maxwell Parker (Screenplay)

Starring: Ethan Hawke, Selena Gomez, Jon Voight, Rebecca Budig, Paul Freeman, Bruce Payne


Plot: To save his kidnapped wife, Brent Magna must drive at the orders of a mysterious man.


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Verdict: Cars, Cars and More Cars


Story: We start full on when our hero arrives home to find that his wife has been kidnapped. He receives a phone call telling him a set number of tasks and rules he has to follow to get her back alive. He gets put tested with his driving skills with daring chases around the city before being attempted jacked by a teenage girl, who turns out to be the owner of the car. The two are not left to continue the tasks set by the man on the phone and we have to see what the man wants and watch the two figure out who the man is.paitr

As a film about just driving at high speeds this is pretty solid, but when it comes to an actual story well you should be able to work out what is happening very early on. It offers very little in words of originality but as an ABC action thriller it really does come off very nice. Just forget about any dialogue and acting. Don’t expect a masterpiece; just go to enjoy yourself as the story will unfold for you. (6/10)


Actor Review


Ethan Hawke: Brent former racer who turned getaway driving, who gets pushed into completing a set of tasks to get his kidnapped wife back. Ethan shows off all his driving skills and none of his acting skills here. (4/10)


Selena Gomez: The Kid it’s her car they have to complete the tasks in and in time we find out she is more important to what is going on than first thought. Selena tries to breakout from the child actor curse and fails, but at least she gave it a go. (4/10)


Jon Voight: The Voice the man pulling the strings, making our hero go through all the tasks but he does have a bigger plan in place. Jon while only playing the voice over he grabs our attention with his instructions. (6/10)


Support Cast: Mainly the cops who can’t drive we don’t really meet too many supporting characters that are on screen of any time.


Director Review: Courtney Solomon – Courtney goes a solid direction for action but fails to grab our attention with any story. (5/10)


Action: Pretty much nonstop car chases, which all work nicely. (9/10)

Thriller: The chases do get more exciting as the film unfolds making you want to see what they will do next. (7/10)

Settings: The tight streets make for great setting but no iconic landmarks. (7/10)

Suggestion: This is one to try if you like your action, it won’t involve you needed to think too much, just switch off and enjoy. (Try It)


Best Part: Power planet escape.

Worst Part: Lack of dialogue.

What Could Have Been Better? – Deeper story, character development.

Action Scene Of The Film: Final chase.


Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $10 Million

Budget: $18 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

Tagline:  Get in. Get out. Getaway.

Trivia: There is no CGI in any of the car crash scenes


Overall: Today on the way out wacky races Ethan Hawke and Disney’s Selena Gomez

Rating 55

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

Spring Breakers (2012)

logoDirector: Harmony Korine

Writer: Harmony Korine (Screenplay)

Starring: James Franco, Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson, Rachel Korine, Gucci Mane, Heather Morris


Plot: Brit (Benson), Candy (Hudgens), Cotty (Korine) and Faith (Gomez) have been best friends since grade school. They live together in a boring college dorm and are hungry for adventure. All they have to do is save enough money for Spring Break to get their shot at having some real fun. A serendipitous encounter with rapper Alien (Franco) promises to provide the girls with all the thrill and excitement they could hope for. With the encouragement of their new friend, it soon becomes unclear how far the girls are willing to go to experience a spring break they will never forget.


Verdict: 90 minute music video

Story: The story to use simple words is terrible, the script as worse and this could have just been a music video. All bar one unlikeable characters all just being drunk, stoned and stupid how did this get made? (0/10)


Actor Review: James Franco – Alien wannabe gangster who likes to brag about what he has. Franco is a great actor he does create a twisted character but really why is he wasting his time with this? (4/10)


Actor Review: Selena Gomez – Faith the ‘good’ girl of the group who realizes that things have started to go wrong, leaves a smart character in a film about drinking what is this? The only likeable character and still manages to keep her innocent persona for pop career. (5/10)


Actor Review: Vanessa Hudgens – Candy one who lasts till the end gets drawn into the world to escape her boring life. Vanessa can do a lot better than this rubbish, but her performance may give her more adult roles now. (3/10)


Actor Review: Ashely Benson – Brit enjoys the escaping of boring life. Like the rest why waste time with this performance. (2/10)


Actor Review: Rachel Korine – Cotty enjoys the escape until it gets too real. Another wasted chance to show talent. (2/10)


Director Review: Harmony Korine – Just terrible direction most of it pointless montages of drugs, drinks, guns and partying. (0/10)


Crime: Flimsy use of crime story. (2/10)

Drama: Poor drama (0/10)

Believability: The people on spring break do all sorts this might be too far to look though. (2/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Settings: Most settings are just drunk parties or dark scenes at the college. (2/10)


Suggestion: it is just rubbish, I am sure someone has made this same ‘story’ in a dance music video some when. (Avoid)


Best Part: Faith being smart enough to leave.

Worst Part: The script.

Oscar Chances: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Tagline: Wish You Were Here


Overall: Just watch paint dry for an hour and a half you will enjoy it more

Rating 5