This franchise has had huge success worldwide, but guaranteed if you put the same cast in a live action comedy, it would have gone in the opposite direction. Adam Sandler and his usual supporting cast of Kevin James and David Spade have had a hard time recently at the box office, with the exception of this animated family Halloween adventure. So what does it do right? Or is it simply a lack of other family films being released at the same time?
Hotel Transylvania 2 takes us back to the hotel in Transylvania (I get it now), where we’re reunited with Dracula (Adam Sandler), Frankenstein (Kevin James), Wayne the werewolf (Steve Buscemi), Murray the mummy (Keegan-Michael Key) and Griffin the invisible man (David Spade), as well as a whole host of other monsters. This film opens with Dracula’s daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez) and her human boyfriend Jonathan (Andy Samberg) getting married, and having a child. The plot then follows Dracula as he tries to prove that his grandson is a vampire, and not a human.
The opening of this film is a lot of fun. The wedding has a lot of funny moments, as does the initial raising of grandson Dennis. There’s a good blend too of silly physical and visual jokes, and actually quite witty lines from the script. After the first half hour of the film however, it slows right down. It becomes obvious that there’s no real story, as it turns into a series of increasingly less funny set pieces. These might be suitable for children, as the humour becomes easier, and it’s clear that less thought has gone into it. By the end I was even finding it hard to stay awake, even with the addition of Mel Brooks as Vlad, Dracula’s old-fashioned father.
One final thing, I completely understand that this film is trying to promote a ‘be whoever you want to be, and love whoever you want to love’ message, but it does feature both inter-species relationships and beastiality… Sort of like Twilight for kids!
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