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Review: Hotel Transylvania

Updated: Saturday, September 29 2012, 10:25 PM CDT
Grade:  B

Are you one of those filmgoers that only watches Pixar when visiting animation? Well, Hotel Transylvania needs to be added to your list.  Sony Animated Pictures brings us something special for kids of all ages just in time for the Halloween season.  If you enjoy Adam Sandler, you will enjoy this, but if you don’t, you might not.  Adam Sandler not only lends his voice to Dracula, but even his vocal skills to sing to the daughter, Mavis, in this visually appealing film.

Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky (Dexter’s Laboratory), Dracula (voiced by Adam Sandler) is a hotel owner way away from any humans.  He is also a a widower and a single dad of Mavis (Selena Gomez).  He promised his wife that he would always protect their daughter, especially from humans.  Well, it’s Mavis’s 118th birthday.  This is the time that she is grown and can go out in the world and she is ready to pursue it, which Dracula is completely against, but doesn’t want her to know that.  He throws an 118th birthday for her and invites all his monster friends, which include Frankenstein and his wife, the Mummy, the Invisible Man, and the Werewolf and his family.  Everything is going smoothly, until a human (Andy Samberg) hiking through Transylvania shows up at his front door.  What makes it even worse, is Mavis has eyes for him.   

This film is a lot of fun for the family.  It’s smart, especially in its fresh take on stereotypes.  Dracula asked Johnny if he believes humans are ready to accept monsters in this century.  It’s a funny take on what races and homosexuals deal with on a regular basis.  You also get to see the monsters’ perspectives on humans, that they aren’t just the enemy, but that they are truly scared of them.  Even if you are a big fan of Sandler, my advice is to skip the time watching Adam Sandler’s and Andy Samberg’s “That’s My Boy” and check this one out instead.  This movie is really something you can zing to (you’ll find out)!

Ken The Critic's Movie Review Grading Scale

A – Superb and solid; a movie that will be etched in your mind 10 years from now

B – Good movie, so good in fact that you would want to see it again before it’s out of the theaters; the story may drag in places

C – Average, entertaining at parts; you might want to wait and rent it

D – Lacks a lot from entertainment, plot, realism, development, etc.

F - Terrible and you will want to walk out of the movie; no redemptive qualities whatsoever

By Ken The CriticReview: Hotel Transylvania

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