Friday, September 25, 2015

Hotel Transylvania 2
Releases September 25, 2015
1 hr 29 mins
Rated PG
Animated, Comedy


Director: Genndy Tartakovsky
Writers: Robert Smigel, Adam Sandler

Adam Sandler as Count Dracula
Andy Samberg as Jonathan ("Johnnystein")
Selena Gomez as Mavis
Asher Blinkoff as Dennis
Kevin James as Frank/Frankenstein
Steve Buscemi as Wayne
David Spade as Griffin
Keegan-Michael Key as Murray
Mel Brooks as Vlad
Fran Drescher as Eunice
Molly Shannon as Wanda
Nick Offerman as Mike
Megan Mullally as Linda

Review by Stephen M.

Hotel Transylvania 2 starts off a bit dull as it continues from the original film with Johnny and Mavis now ready to tie the knot.  We quickly fast forward as the couple is expecting a baby and the big question mark in the movie is whether or not the baby will be a vampire, fangs and all.  A good measure of an animation like this is how well the kids around you are entertained in the screening.  And if that was my measurement, apparently the movie would be worth five stars out of five stars.

With an adorable character in Dennis, the son of Jonathan (Andy Samberg) and Mavis (Selena Gomez), and the smooth chemistry between the three leads in the movie, Count Dracula (Adam Sandler), Mavis, and Jonathan, the film isn't all that bad.  The jokes which for the most part is visual are great for the kids to enjoy.  The battle scene was the most enjoyable part of the movie for me.  The movie which I watched in 3D was not bad, as there were a few noticeable scenes of things coming forward towards you.

With regards to what I thought the film could have done better.  A lot of the jokes fall along the line of recycled jokes showing a lack of creativity by the writers.  In addition, the movie appears to gear primarily for kids unlike movies like The Crood that would appeal to both children and adults.  The pacing for a movie just shy of one and a half hours is painfully slow.  It is not only until the battle towards the end do you get a wake up call.

Overall, I would recommend the film especially if you have kids.  The movie is very family friendly.  For adults, I would wait for this on Netflix even if you really enjoyed the first film.  While good, there are just many more better animations out there.  And no, it's not because Adam Sandler stunk up the film.  His performance voicing Count Dracula while good was also not necessarily memorable.

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