Verdict: The movie lives up to the series’ standards of humor and energy.
If you haven’t watched the Hotel Transylvania series, you have missed out on some of the best animation movies of recent times. The series explores the lives of monsters who live among humans but they are not the big bad guys that folklore has made them out to be. They are cute, cuddly, funny, and far from scary. Count Dracula is the main character of the series and the first two films revolve around him getting used to his only daughter’s love for a human being. In the third installment of the film titled A Monster Vacation, Count Drac finds love himself. But it comes at a price!
What’s Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation About:
Mavis (voiced by Selena Gomez) thinks that Count Drac (Adam Sandler) is in need of a vacation. So she plans a holiday for the entire family and their friends on a cruise, which is led by Captain Erica (Kathryn Hahn). Drac, who never thought he could fall in love again, falls hard for the Captain. But he has a dark history with her great-grandfather Abraham Van Helsing (Jim Gaffigan), who is a legendary monster hunter and Drac’s archenemy. Van Helsing only has one purpose – to defeat all of monsterkind, starting with Count Dracula – and his great-granddaughter will help him fulfill his desire.
Like the previous installments in the series, Hotel Transylvania 3 is loaded with fun and humor. This film is high on energy, with not a single dull moment throughout the film. There are various instances that have you bursting with laughter. Count Drac is at his sarcastic best and the supporting characters add much to the narrative. There’s a lot of silly humor, which works best for the age group that this film is targeted for. However, there are also scenes that many adults would connect with such as the werewolf couple eager to leave their kids at a daycare centre, so they can have some time of their own. There are plenty of gags that leave you impressed with how the writers have adapted common pop culture references to fit the monster world.
The movie relies heavily on its music to keep the mood uplifted throughout the film. The last sequence of the Macarena is a hoot and it takes a lot of self-control not to break into a dance in the middle of the theatre.
What Could’ve Been Better:
Erica’s feelings towards Count Drac seem to swing from negative to positive and back at alarming rates. We wish the writers could have established a more detailed backstory for her character, so as to explain the many quirks of her behavior.
Why You Must Watch:
The Hotel Transylvania series is a complete family entertainer. A Monster Vacation triples the fun factor with more humor, great music, and a burst of energy. You can give this one a watch even if you haven’t seen the previous installments but like we said earlier, you’re missing out on great entertainment.