Hotel Transylvania or “Hotel T” as the locals call it, is not your ordinary resort. No, you won’t find this hotel listed on a travel site or even a map for that matter. This five stake resort is the one place monsters can rest in peace! You might say Hotel T is the monsters best kept secret, well until an adventurous human stumbles through the front door!
“Ever since she was born I’ve wanted to protect my little ghoul so I created a place where all monsters could be safe, from them! This is Hotel Transylvania. All of our monster friends are right here.”
Hotel Transylvania, is Dracula’s (Adam Sandler) five-stake resort, where the monsters and their families go to relax and be themselves. Located in seclusion, past a cemetery and spooky forest, no humans are allowed! What better place to host a party for his daughter Mavis’s 118th birthday?
Mavis (Selena Gomez), wants more than anything to go out and explore the world, but her overprotective father, feels she’s too young. When he throws Mavis a party with his closest friends, Frankenstein and his wife, the Mummy, the Invisible Man, the Werewolf family, etc. he gets a little crazy when a human, Jonathan (Andy Samberg) shows up and is interested in Mavis.
Dracula knows on her 118th birthday, Mavis is going to insist on exerting her independence so he decides to take matters into his own hands. The Count creates a fake village to convince Mavis humans really are evil, while he continues to plan the ultimate birthday party to distract her. Hotel T is sold out as Uncle Frank/Frankenstein (Kevin James) and his bride (Fran Drescher), the Invisible Man (David Spade), Werewolf Wayne (Steve Buschemi) with his wolf pups,and Murray the Mummy (Cee Lo Green) come to join the celebration.
But when helicopter parent and infamous control freak Dracula, introduces them to Johnny-stein, the party planner, his gig will be up if they discover Johnny’s a human. Lucky for him, Johnny is literally the “life of the party,” and brings a new kind of fun to Mavis’ birthday party!
What’s wrong with humans? “They hate us, they’re vicious and they’re very loud!” Frankenstein’s bride.
“Are these monsters going to kill me?” Jonathan asks the Count. “Not as long as they think you’re a monster.” “That’s kind of racist.”
Overall, I thought this was a cute film that was mildly entertaining. My 3.5 year old daughter was not easily convinced though, and insisted it was too scary. Based on the trailers and the PG rating I knew that was a possibility.
I think if the movie had had a little more humor for the younger kids, she would have been more entertained and focused less on the monsters. No toddler finds the idea of a monster wanting her candy, funny! My biggest complaint, the lack of 3D technology used effectively, if you aren’t really using the 3D why spend the extra money and have viewers hassle with the glasses.
I’m not a huge Adam Sandler fan and often find his voice annoying, but he kills it as Dracula! I loved some of the clever monster dishes like the “scream cheese”, worm cakes (YUCK!) and blood beaters. While it was amusing to learn monsters are really afraid of the humans, I was a little disappointed it wasn’t funnier, but its still a family friendly flick!
Hotel Transylvania opens in theaters everywhere this Friday, September 28. See more of the monsters of Hotel T on Facebook or join the “Bleh, bleh bleh” on Twitter @HotelT.