Tuesday, 29 September 2015

If I Was Your Vampire - Movie Review Hotel Transylvania 2

We discovered the original Hotel Transylvania on Netflix a few months ago and everyone enjoyed it. This past weekend we decided would be a good time to have Jack attend his first movie in the theatre and checked out the sequel.

Movie Review Hotel Transylvania 2

Hotel Transylvania 2 movie poster
Hotel Transylvania 2 Theatrical Poster courtesy of Wikipedia.

What's in it for the Kids?
A great opportunity to kick off the Halloween season by enjoying some time with your favourite vampires, werewolves, zombies, mummies and Frankenstein friends without scaring little kids. Neither Molly or Jack has ever complained about being scared of either film in the Hotel Transylvania franchise, so for us it's been a nightmare free option.

What's in it for the Adults?
Some good classic horror jokes that are geared at two levels leaving the adults mildly entertained. Like the original there is solid voice work from Andy Samberg, Adam Sandler, Steve Buscemi.  The Mr. Invisible "fake" girlfriend bit care of David Spade made me smile.  A nice addition of Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally as Jonathan's human parents who are trying super hard to be accepting of their son's new wife in an awkward an intolerant sort of way.

Best Parts of the Movie
Unfortunately a lot of the best gags in this film are covered in the trailers, but Jack giggled maniacally at them anyway.  The scene with Blobby on the road trip was one of the few times that I laughed out loud during this film.

Worst Parts of the Movie
Despite being only an hour and a half in length this movie felt very long to the entire family with a definite mid-point dip in plot and momentum.  While Molly and Jack were well behaved, they got quite restless after about 40 minutes.  SPOILER ALERT: While the movie works towards promoting unity and acceptance of people (or monsters) who are "different" from each other as the Papa Drac faces the possibility that his grandson Dennis could be a human, the eventual, painfully drawn out path to acceptance is in fact a moot point when we find out that Mavis and Jonathan have in fact produced a little vampire.  Why not let him be a human too?   It also weirdly annoys me that in the first movie the character Jonathan was called Jonathan and in the sequel he goes by "Johnny" (I have the same issue with the Escape from New York/Escape From LA series where main character Snake Plissken is insistent that everyone call him "Snake" in one movie and "Plissken: in the other.) It's unnecessary, distracting and doesn't make sense.

Overall Rating
I would rate this movie 3/5.  The kids enjoyed it, but mostly for the novelty of attending a movie in the theatre and eating tasty snacks and not the actual film.  When asked about the best parts of the movie both children told me the snacks, Jack also commented that he enjoyed specific scenes of the movie, all of which were highlighted in the trailers. When I asked them if they wanted to own the movie they both said "not really".  A good time out to get into the mood for Halloween, but wait until it's available on Netflix or whatever live streaming service/video provider you use.

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