HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3: A MONSTER VACATION Movie Review: A sugared-up monster slapstick


Director Genndy Tartakovsky delivers what the fans ordered in this lightweight, sugared up monster slapstick toon flick.

Seems to be designed to please the kids around 10-12, this third installment to the path breaking HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA where Dracula refused to obey the rules set by the doctors of cliché vampire legends, fails to add any novelty and sticks to be colourful, and pleasing for the diehard enthusiast. It leaves the kids who are above 11 years of age and in search for something exciting in the third installment again voiced by Adam Sandler and Selena Gomez disappointed.

Here is a quick recap for those who have come in late... in HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA Adam Sandler voices Dracula - the proprietor of Hotel Transylvania – it’s the best resort available for monsters, they are at peace over here with human beings. The first part was about Dracula’s daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez) romance with a human Johnny (Andy Samberg). The second part was about their kid and the dilemma of Dracula whether his grandchild will be a human or a monster; the third is about a family vacation, Dracula, his daughter and her family with that kid along with all the monsters.

Dracula is lonely and he feels it, after unfortunate attempts to get a ‘date’ online, the feeling of loneliness haunts Dracula. Mavis realizes the emptiness in her father’s life and decides to take his dad and all the inhabitants of Hotel Transylvania to a monster cruise. All the legends like Frankenstein (Kevin James), Wayne the Werewolf (Steve Buscemi), Murray the Mummy (Keegan-Michael Key), Griffin the Invisible Man (David Spade), and of course Vlad himself (Mel Brooks) join the caravan.

In the monster cruise, the notorious Van Helsing (Jim Gaffigan) Dracula’s archrival is waiting for his revenge. Helsing’s daughter Ericka (Kathryn Hahn) poses as the friendly guide for the tourists but in reality she is working as per her father’s wicked plans. Things take expected turns when Dracula falls in love with Ericka.

The best part of HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3 is its striking visuals and the fan fare of vibrant colours that makes this animated toon nothing less than an extravaganza. All those monsters dancing, having fun, flying on weirdly design choppers, those giant cruise, that replica of a Las Vegas Casino it’s all colours and fun. The visuals are ‘tuned’ rightly but still the ‘zing’ to carry this summer vacation for the entire 97 minutes of its run time is missing.

The plot doesn’t hold after a while and a lot is left on the antics of Adam Sandler to serve the purpose. The theory that there is ‘no difference’ and all are equal if we see it with a wider perception fails to get registered and ends up in just scathing the surface.

HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA became a force to reckon with because of its fast-paced and joke-filled riff on monster mythologies and it’s still a hit with kids up to 10 -11 years of age.

An interesting catch is associated with HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3 for the adults, it’s a bit sly but pleasingly amusing... as the song ‘Macarena’ gets played during the climax, a nostalgia for parents dips in, We as parents of today during our bachelorhood failed to understand the Spanish lyrics of the song Macarena’ when it came during the early 90’s but got swayed and enjoyed the moves. Here we see the same song coming from nowhere but in a weird, silly but pleasantly cute manner asks us to make that move again… notwithstanding whether our pockets have liked it or not... cause your kid below 10 – 11 is expecting you to join him in celebrating this sugared-up monster slapstick.

Rating 3/5

Movie Cast & Crew
  • Director: Genndy Tartakovsky
  • Producer: Michelle Murdocca
  • Writer: Genndy Tartakovsky, Michael McCullers
  • Production house: Sony Pictures Animation, Media Rights Capital
  • Distributor: Sony Pictures Releasing
  • Music Director: Mark Mothersbaugh
  • Actor: Dracula