Review: The most feared vampire, Count Dracula, returns in a slightly different avatar this year with Hotel Transylvania, also known as the monster’s favorite haunt. A tweak to the tale of the legendary villain of all time, the script is semi-funny and adorable. And to know that it’s actually no more than just a story of an overprotective father who doesn’t want to let his 118 year-old daughter out of his sight lest she encounters danger in the form of a human. All the world’s ghosts, ghouls and monsters reunite at the Hotel Transylvania, a place that Count Dracula (Voice-Over by Adam Sandler) built for his counterparts to find solace every time they wanted to de-stress from the rather difficult lives they lead hiding away from the humans residing in the world.
A tragedy transformed Drac into this doting yet overprotective father he’s become, to his daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez). Like every other ‘teenager’ Mavis wants to step out into the world to embrace it in all it’s beauty. Drac’s efforts in throwing hindrances his daughter’s way are all nullified as soon as the father-daughter duo encounter a new-age, EDM-loving, hippie-culture inspired, human being, Jonathan (Andy Samberg). For Mavis and Jonathan, it is Zing! At first sight.
Amidst all the confusion, there are many light-hearted moments that will have you in splits, but it doesn’t last too long if you don’t belong to that TG (Target Group). Sorry Mommies and Daddies, you’ll have to sit through this while your kids laugh their hearts out at this relatively immature, classic love story. One thing to look out for, however, is the 3D Animation. A certain bonding scene between Dracula and Jonathan particularly took my breath away. I shall refrain from describing parts of the scene, since they may end up being spoilers for y’all. Besides, you will see two immensely talented actors, Adam Sandler and Kevin James coming together for this film again, in a different role though. Watch this film for the sweet love story, the endearing father-daughter relationship, and all the monsters you’ve been reading about, in their animated avatars.
Verdict: A fun venture for the kids, makes gory look beautiful.
Release date: Dec 7, 2012
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Cast & Crew: Cee-Lo Green, David Spade, Steve Buscemi, Molly Shannon , David Koechner
Voice Over: Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, Andy Samberg, Kevin James, Fran Drescher
Director: Genndy Tartakovsky