HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2

PrintE-mail Written by Ed Fortune

Hotel Transylvania 2 is a wacky animated adventure firmly aimed at the family market. The first movie took modern family and parenting ideas and laughed at them in a warm and friendly way, all the while spicing it up with slapstick humour and monster themed gags. The sequel is more of the same.

The premise of the Hotel Transylvania world is simple; monsters are real and they've gone commercial. Drac the vampire runs a hotel and he's assisted by the usual pantheon of monsters; The Invisible Man, The Mummy, a werewolf and of course Frankenstein (short for Frankenstein's Monster or just Frank if you know him well). In the previous movie, one of the human guests fell in love with Drac's daughter Mavis, and in this one they get married and have a child. The rest of the plot is a Drac trying to raise a small child, whilst his parents try and come to terms with being parents. Really, the movie is simply a collection of gags they left out of the first feature with the sentiment layered on thick so you care about the characters.

The movie has a rather strong cast and crew, but despite this, it all feels rather generic. Take director Genndy Tartakovsky for example. He has created some truly remarkable pieces of animation in the past. He has under his belt the likes of Star Wars: Clone Wars and Samurai Jack. This means that Hotel Transylvania 2's action sequences are clever and amusing, with the monster's special powers appearing simple and fun, but it lacks his trademark spark. Adam Sandler practically phones it in, despite being the main actor, and is only really saved by a strong performance from Selena Gomez as Mavis. Mel Brooks also puts in a star turn as a grumpy old vampire.

Despite its plastic Halloween decoration style storyline and characters, Hotel Transylvania 2 is an enjoyable piece of family fare, and perfect for getting little ones into the less scary side of all things spooky.

HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2 / CERT: PG / DIRECTOR: GENNDY TARTAKOVSKY / SCREENPLAY: ROBERT SMIGEL, ADAM SANDLER / STARRING: ADAM SANDLER, ANDY SAMBERG, KEVIN JAMES, SELINA GOMEZ, DAVID SPADE, STEVE BUSCEMI / RELEASE DATE: 15TH FEBRUARY




Suggested Articles:
Mario Bava is one of the most important directors in genre cinema and if you haven't checked out any
Food Wars! Season 1 is proof that an over the top battle anime can be made out of anything, includin
Many years ago, Russian scientists conducted underground experiments on unsuspecting civilians. The
Koch Media’s reissues of Reeltime Pictures’ Myth Makers interviews arrive here at The Big One, t
scroll back to top

Add comment

Security code
Refresh

Other articles in DVD / Blu-ray Reviews

KILL BABY KILL 19 September 2017

FOOD WARS! SEASON 1 17 September 2017

GUARDIANS 16 September 2017

THE DOCTORS: THE TOM BAKER YEARS 16 September 2017

GRANNY OF THE DEAD 16 September 2017

FIREFLY: COMPLETE SERIES – 15TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION 15 September 2017

ARROW: SEASON 5 15 September 2017

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND - 40TH ANNIVERSARY 13 September 2017

DON'T TORTURE A DUCKLING 13 September 2017

SPARK 13 September 2017

- Entire Category -

Sign up today!
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner