My family and I try to see one new Halloween show each year. Sometimes, we're forced to watch something on DVD because we simply can't find a good flick in the theaters. This year, however, we were lucky because Hotel Transylvania was something we could all agree upon.
It stars Adam Sandler as Dracula, and Selena Gomez as his daughter, Mavis. Mavis' mother is killed in an attack so in an effort to keep her safe, Dracula builds a hotel in the middle of nowhere; a place where every Monster on earth can feel safe and be themselves.
And for one hundred and eighteen years, he's been able to do just that. But Mavis has grown tired of her secluded life and longs to see the rest of the world.
In an effort to humor, and scare, her. Dracula builds a make-believe town where the townsfolk are monsters in disguise and their mission is to scare Mavis back home.
While the tactic worked, there was one tiny mishap... a lost hiker spots the town and follows the townspeople back to the castle.
This is where it gets cute.
Dracula tries to disguise the human and sneak him out of the hotel without anyone noticing, but fails. So he introduces the young boy as his party planner. The boy does such a great job, that everyone starts to like him, including Mavis.
To be honest, I'm really surprised at all the negative reviews. Everyone who has seen this film that I've spoken with loves it.
The animation is colorful and fun, the idea that Dracula could be a loving, doting father is kind of refreshing, and the characters are a joy to watch.
Sure the characters may not have much depth, but the story line is solid. Dracula escapes civilization to protect his daughter from humans and over the years becomes extremely fearful of them. His daughter, on the other hand, thinks he's over-reacting and wants nothing more than to prove him wrong.
In the end, this film was created to entertain young minds, and it does that brilliantly.
Personally, I am SO TIRED of reviewers complaining that a child's film didn't have enough meat to hold their interests... have they forgotten what it's like to be a child?
I don't want "adult comedy" in a child's film. I don't want to have to "explain" why certain jokes were made and I don't want young children feeling "dumb" because those jokes are over their heads or "grossed out" because they're too young for such nonsense.
It's a slap-stick comedy, plain and simple. You either like them or you don't. And if you don't, you probably won't like this film. But if you do, Hotel Transylvania can be a nice, bonding time with your little one.
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Disclosure: The reviewer purchased tickets to see this film in the theater.
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