Movie Review: Hotel Transylvania ✭✭✭✭ (Released 12th October)

Hotel Transylvania
Release Date: 12th October

Certificate: U
Running Time: 1 hour 25 minutes

So there might be a possibility that you’re thinking “not another vampire movie”, however you would be mistaken in comparing this to another vampire movie. At least with this movie both adults and kids will enjoy it.

Dracula’s (Adam Sandler) mission in this movie is to protect his daughter; Marvis (Selena Gomez), from the evil and horrible humans. To achieve this Dracula creates a hotel; a hotel for monsters, somewhere they can kick back and relax. Life is running smoothly until Marvis’s 118th birthday (human years 18, so rebelling teenager), when she finally decides that she wants to see the world. Dracula is throwing her a birthday party, so invites all the well-known special guests including; The Invisible Man (David Spade), Frankenstein (Kevin James), Werewolf Wayne (Steve Buscemi) and other familiar faces. Her father thinks that he has done everything to deter her from her dreams, only to be outwitted by a travelling 21 year old human, Jonathan (Andy Samberg).

Bringing a vampire movie down to a certificate ‘U’ might seem like a difficult task, however director Genndy Tartakovsky manages to take on this challenge successfully. The real challenge with a movie like this is keeping both adults and children entertained; Hotel Transylvania has some genuinely hilarious moments in the film, and even for the more cynical audience members if they don’t chuckle slightly, they are just trying to prove a point. Obviously there is some ‘toilet humour’; however this will delight the younger members of the audience. In the end though this movie is targeted at the younger audience and it definitely succeeds on this level, but adults will still be entertained.

Adam Sandler provides a very versatile voice as Dracula, bringing a warm, relatable side to the famous bloodsucker that everyone knows so well. No one has quite seen Dracula like this, and Tartakovsky portrays the vulnerable side of Dracula extremely well, seeing Dracula as a caring single parent is definitely a different take on things.

Hotel Transylvania is a ‘fangtastic’ animation film, for all ages, you’re guaranteed to be laughing the whole way through.

4 stars out of 5 ✭✭✭✭

Review by Christina Benneworth