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Hotel Transylvania Reviews

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½ July 24, 2016
Sadly paint by numbers, and fails to really explore its fun premise past the title. Such a shame, considering how much of Tartakovsky's previous work I have massively enjoyed.
July 19, 2016
It lacks story. It's boring as f.
½ July 1, 2016
Hotel Transylvania is a pretty decent movie. This movie lacks entertainment. However, it does have a good plot to it. I would suggest this movie.
½ June 29, 2016
Saved from the usual Sandler muck by Genndy Tartakovsky's visual flair and some fun genre jokes (despite the presence of the usual fart joke)
½ June 20, 2016
Kids will love it. And it's got a good story and some heart. It's not very good for adults though, but there are some laughs at least, so the family could probably be fine. It's an interesting turn for Adam Sandler, and not just him voicing Dracula.
June 5, 2016
Hotel Transylvania is a nice movie to watch if you just want some humor, here and there, but if you are also looking for a good story, you might want to pick another movie.
June 1, 2016
From Sony Pictures Animation comes yet another outside the box children's comedy. In his directorial debut, TV animation veteran and three time Emmy winner, Genndy Tartakovsky assembles nearly every classic cinema monster under one roof for a visually zippy fart-joke loaded kid's romp.

Bringing Peter Baynham and Robert Smigel's ghost of a script to life is the dramatically over-talented ensemble voice cast and a ghoulishly lively score by Mark Mothersbaugh. the original stunningly impressionistic concept art of gothic eastern-European towns - if kept for more than closing credits -could have resulted in something special but comes across as if it has had all its edges sanded down for children's safety resulting in another vivid yet crude 3D movie from the box office meat grinder.

Desperate to escape the dangerous pitchfork-wielding persecution of humans who he considers responsible for killing his wife a century ago, the neurotic Dracula (voiced by Adam Sandler) designed and operates a purpose built elaborate monsters-only resort.

Obscurely hidden from human angry-mobs, Hotel Transylvania is a safe haven, a refuge to a mottled assortment of supernatural oddballs. Ranging from honeymooning flees to the toilet-clogging Yeti; all who dwell within are protected.

At the center of the melee is Dracula's headstrong daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez). To daddy's disgust and against all his efforts to create a fake and scary "outside world", the almost-of-age Mavis plans to leave home and curiously explore the world. In a cunning attempt to make her stay, Dracula throws a massive coming-out party in her honor.

Poised to celebrate her 118th birthday, Dracula invites the whose-who of world's monsters to attend, but when an unexpected guest accidentally wanders into the hotel and catches Mavis eye more than the monsters anonymity is at risk.

With the help of his friends, big-hearted Frankenstein (Kevin James), his brash wife, Eunice (Fran Drescher), anxious werewolf Wayne (Steve Buscemi), boisterous former entertainer Murray the Mummy (CeeLo Green), witty Invisible Man Griffin (David Spade) and head chef Quasimodo (Jon Lovitz), Dracula must find a way to evict the slacker human backpacker boy named Jonathan (voiced by Andy Samberg).

Can the Count control his daughter and keep her under his wing? Or will the mere human discover who or what the hotels inhabitants are? And if he does will it help Mavis to leave the hotels sanctuary?

To avoid copyright issues, the films creative team has concocted a number of wacky yet inspired new looks for its fashionable monster ilk. From a rodent-like Quasimodo, to a consistently blushing invisible man (yes there is irony here), each character has been inventively revamped in a particularly 'Monster high' fashion to capture the attention of children.

That being said, from initial tour of the hotel lobby, the screen seems over-crowded with a mash-up of mismatched personalities and none of the clutter seems fully explored or generally relevant. The incessant flitting through the hotel's cavernous hallways seems more like a time waster than storyline.

Poking fun at classic monster-movie clichés, the lines delivered in various unsteady accents lose wings on more than one occasion. But there are some key one-liners like when Sandler's Dracula dismisses human blood stating "It's so fatty, and you never know where it's been!")

The Verdict: Much like the films resident werewolves and their unruly litter of rug rats, Hotel Transylvania can't quite seem to pull all of its rambunctious ideas into line.

Published: The Queanbeyan Age
Date of Publication: 14/09/2012
May 25, 2016
very comical. my 2 year old adores this movie
May 24, 2016
I think that people are being too harsh on this film because it stars Adam Sandler and Friends. Personally, I really like this film. Even if the story is predictable, it's still engaging with some heartfelt moments and great humor. The animation is great on the monsters, the backgrounds, and the effects when it comes to being a 3-D cartoon. However, SPA seriously needs to work on their human animations and designs. Anyways, the characters are likable and memorable with some fantastic voice acting even if they are predictable as well. If you guys get the chance, don't see this film as a crappy Sandler film. See it as a fun animated comedy that the family can enjoy.
May 21, 2016
Unlike other recent Adam Sandler movies, this one does not leave you wishing for the hours of your life back.
½ May 20, 2016
Forgetting about the nice animation, Hotel Transylvania leaves nothing worth of remembering and its hyperactive humor and unfocused plot makes it difficult for a second view.
May 18, 2016
A good movie, but its main theme could be easily said to be you only fall in love once.
½ April 29, 2016
It was an OK, one-time watch. The plot is way too common.
½ April 27, 2016
Not bad, some creative character creations but it's not that funny really and the main characters are voiced by Adam Sandler and Selena Gomez.
April 2, 2016
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½ April 1, 2016
Hotel Transylvania will most likely win over children's attention and maybe even adults. Hotel Transylvania has good animation, good characters, and good humor.
March 26, 2016
An ok animated film that is quite funny in places, We could tell it was from the Adam Sandler crew as the jokes were split even between kids and adults, I like the fact that they had literally every monster we knew in the film, The story was ok but nothing new, It did feel very rushed and thin at times, I can't comment on the 3D as I watched the 2D version, Overall an ok animation that suffers from a predictable plot and might scare the younger children watching, It's not a bad movie but there is better animations out there.
March 17, 2016
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½ March 11, 2016
I enjoyed this film. That it was very entertaining and sweet. I don't need to own it though but I would watch again. :)
March 9, 2016
This is a great, funny, family film with a load of cool characters and voice actors, and the jokes are enough to keep both Children and adults laughing and entertained throughout.
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