I Watched… (#22)

16 Apr


Hotel Transylvania (2012)

The basic premise of this film is that there is a monstrous hotel (for monsters), in Transylvania, which is run by Count Dracula (voiced by Adam Sandler). The gothic hotel is stumbled upon by the very-much-human Jonathan (Andy Samberg) who soon falls for Mavis (Selena Gomez), Dracula’s sheltered 118 year old daughter whose birthday party is on the horizon.

The visuals and animation are just some of the few positives one can take from this film, which unfortunately is rather disappointing. The plot is predictable and simply a tired tale of why parents shouldn’t be controlling and overprotective. Adam Sandler’s Dracula, and his awful accent, isn’t helped by the dull supporting characters such as Frankenstein (Kevin James), werewolf Wayne (Steve Buscemi) and mummified Murray (CeeLo Green).
The auto-tuned musical soundtrack is painful and the whole film is deeply unfunny. Fart jokes are about as highbrow as it gets, and makes you wonder how much time is left until you can check-out.

Like a lot of hotels, this film looks promising from outside – yet hang around and you will find no soul in the humourless and rather gloomy Hotel Transylvania.



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