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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Hotel Transylvania

Sony Pictures Animation has been around for quite some time. They have quite a few hits and misses as well. This year, they gave Transylvania a shot at the box office with all the familiar characters that haunted children for years.

Hotel Transylvania follows the story of Dracula, an owner of a 5 star hotel for all mosters who wishes to take a break from cruel world of humans. In this movie, humans are depicted to be the bad guys of which the monsters are afraid of. Hotel Transylvania is a safe heaven for monsters as Dracula promises that the place is Human-free. He has a daughter named Mavis who is very curious about the world outside. Celebrating her 118th birthday, she wishes that her father would be true to his word of allowing her to venture outside the premises of the castle and explore the world of men. Manipulative as he is, Dracula made sure that Mavis will see the world as she was told by devising a plan involving zombies trying to play as humans. This made Mavis to go back to the castle and swore never to return. Everything changed when a human made it to the palace and discover the wonders hidden behind it.

There is nothing sort of special with the film. As you look closely there are bits of the plot that are similar with Monsters Inc. The plot is also thinly written. The conflict between Mavis and Dracula is so 1990s. This limited plot development allowed the writers to insert a lot of plot nuisance. They can be considered as fillers for them to meet the 90 to 100 minutes feature film limits. There were a few laughs. Children will be amused by this film but I would guess that adults may have a difficulty trying to stay put and not be restless in the entire duration of the film.

Adam Sandler provides the voice of Dracula and Selena Gomez for Mavis. Sandler's voice characterization is quite relaxed and controlled. Helmed by Genndy Tartakovsky, maker of Cartoon Network's Dexter's Lab and Samurai Jack, Hotel Transylvania is neither a hit or a miss. There were a few laughs but it was not enough to make it at par with Pixar's 3D Films.

GRADE: B-

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