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Movie Review: Hotel Transylvania
by Adam Elliott,posted Sep 28 2012 8:28AM
Finally, an Adam Sandler movie that I can tolerate. It’s been about 10 years since something of substance, and while this isn’t a great movie, it is watchable.
Sandler plays Count Dracula in this animated feature. A typical helicopter parent, Drac has a daughter, Mavis (Selena Gomez,) who he tries to protect from humans. He does this by building a grand hotel, hidden deep and far away from the human element. Call it a human-free zone for monsters to vacation in peace.
Mavis though, yearns to see the world, and learns from Hostel-hopping Human traveler, Jonathan (Andy Samberg) that it’s a big world out there. Most of the film is dealing with Dracula trying to dissuade his daughter that there is nothing to see out there.
It’s a good example of a movie that makes you say “meh.” But at least I didn’t want to bang my head against the wall for watching it.
There are some comic elements and the friendship that brews between Dracula and his mortal enemy Jonathan is sweet. At the same time, their relationship development drags on, giving this movie a little too long of a running time.
To sum up, Hotel Transylvania is monsters dealing with human relationship problems. If that sounds a bit like Monsters Inc., that’s because it is. Sandler and Samberg just don’t do it as good as Billy Crystal and John Goodman.