Hotel Transylvania 2 review

Director:
Genndy Tartakovsky
Cast:
Adam Sandler
Andy Samberg
Selena Gomez
Kevin James
Rated: PG

“Hotel Transylvania 2” picks up a few years after the first movie finished. Jonathan (Samberg) and the vampire Mavis (Gomez) are married and both live and work at the hotel run by Dracula (Sandler). As the movie goes on. Jonathan and Mavis have a son named Dennis. While the young couple are thrilled, the fact that Dennis doesn’t show any qualities of being a vampire concerns Dracula.

To help the situation, Dracula and his friends Frankenstein (James), Wayne the Werewolf (Buscemi), Griffin the invisible man (Spade) and Murray the mummy (Keegan-Michael Key), team up to teach the young kid how to be a monster.

The most positive aspect of this sequel is how much energy it brings to the table. In practically every scene, things are moving, the animation looks good and the jokes keep coming.

Straight to the point, “Hotel Transylvania” is both fun and entertaining. It makes use of both the spooky humor (such as Dracula flossing his teeth with a web) and the more satirical lines that will get laughs from the adults.

The film’s plot did hit a few snags, though, as the movie went on. Mainly, the second act of the film was a bit weak. This is because the whole adventure and driving point of the film didn’t have very high stakes. The only real conflict present is Dracula’s concern over Mavis considering to move and whether Dennis has any vampire traits. It simply doesn’t make for anything too compelling.

The film’s ending also seemed a bit clunky, with some aspects coming out of nowhere and a plot point that didn’t seem to gel with the rest of the movie’s story.

Fortunately, spending time with the characters is still enough to create a good time at the theater. Sandler and the rest of his crew along with Gomez and Samberg all seem to have fun with their parts and deliver some legitimately funny lines.

Like the first “Hotel Transylvania” from 2012, the animation department did solid work. The designs of the characters and creatures are unique, exaggerated and a bit odd which fit very well with the Halloween-tone the film is obviously aiming for. As previously stated, the animation also had a lot going on and at every point it still looked sharp.

“Hotel Transylvania 2” could have benefited from having some more going on in terms of its story to make it more engaging, but there’s no doubt that it still is entertaining. The voice acting was humorous and there was a fun atmosphere was kept through the runtime. 3 out of 5.

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Author: Matthew Liedke

I'm a reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer in Minnesota, and I also have a passion for the art of film. This passion led me to start writing about film in 2008. From 2008-2016 I wrote pieces at my own website, After the Movie Reviews. Then, from 2016-May 2018, my write-ups were featured on AreaVoices, a blog network run by Forum Communications Company. Today, I write film reviews and other pieces here on Word Press. More about me: I'm a 2009 graduate of Rainy River College and a 2012 graduate of Minnesota State University in Moorhead. At MSU, I studied journalism and film. Outside of movies, I enjoy sports, video games, anime and craft beers.

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