Hotel Transylvania Review

12 Dec

Holy man I’ve waited so long to watch this film! Hotel Transylvania came out over here in the UK in the mid-point of October and continuously I missed every opportunity I had to watch this film because of university or other film time conflicts at the cinema. I’ve tried for weeks and weeks to watch this film in Cineworld, and finally I got around to watching the film on the weekend, so was it good? Well read on into this review to find out.

The story involves Dracula, the owner of Hotel Transylvania, where the world’s monsters can take a rest from human civilization. Dracula invites some of the most famous monsters, including Frankenstein’s monster, Mummy, a Werewolf family, and the Invisible Man, to celebrate the 118th birthday of his daughter Mavis. When the hotel is unexpectedly visited by an ordinary 21-year-old traveller named Jonathan, Dracula must protect Mavis from falling in love with him before it is too late.

I found the story to be alright, though it just felt a bit generic after a while and I feel like one of the elements of the story relating to the history of the hotel and Dracula was really wasted. Also after Jonathan enters the hotel and Dracula tries to conceal him I feel that’s where the feel started to become a little tedious, I wasn’t overly keen on the banter between Jonathan and Dracula, I mean when it works its funny, but when it doesn’t work I found myself not even cracking a smirk. The humour in this film was okay, but I mainly found it in the other characters like Frankenstein, the werewolf or the Invisible Man. I found the timing and style of many of the jokes not be as good as I had hoped and I had really expected a lot more from by Genndy Tartakovsky, I mean he is the creator of Samurai Jack and Dexter’s Laboratory.

The characters of this film fared a little better than the story did. Adam Sandler as Dracula was pretty good and unrecognizable in the voice area, his charisma was commendable and this version of Dracula was interesting, though he was little too goofy for my liking and not scary enough. Andy Samberg as Jonathan (aka Johnny or Johnnystein) was the most relatable character probably because he was a human, but not only that, I think it was because of his references to real life and his interactivity and attitude towards the monsters. Samberg was possibly the funniest character because of his funny personality and reacts to stuff at the hotel. Selena Gomez as Mavis was probably the best of the main characters, this film is mainly about Mavis after all, about her wanting to get her freedom and see the world beyond the hotel and then obviously her interest in Jonathan too. Gomez played the role pretty well and I liked the charm she brought to the character. There were also some other great characters but the only ones I really liked outside of the three main cast members was Kevin James as Frankenstein/Frank, Steve Buscemi as Wayne the werewolf, David Spade as Griffin the Invisible Man and Cee Lo Green as Murray.

The presentation for Hotel Transylvania is pretty damn good, the visuals was beautiful, crisp and sharp and pretty realistic in some areas. All of the characters were nicely designed, varied and cool to look at, though some of the character designs were a little too strange and cartoonish for me, and I know that sounds stupid when talking about characters in an animated kids film, but animation studios like Pixar and DreamWorks and found a way to bridge the gap between the cartoonish style and realistic style too. The soundtrack by Mark Mothersbaugh was okay and worked in the emotional scenes, but otherwise it was pretty forgettable. But the main thing that bugged me about this film was the use of modern music, the whole use of that pop, auto-tune, mainstream-like music really just took me out of the film and reminded me of the real world. I’m not into that kind of music and to find it as full-on as it was in the film just really made me roll my eyes.

In conclusion Hotel Transylvania was a fun little film, but it was nowhere near as good as I had hoped it would be. Other animated films like Frankenweenie, Rise of the Guardians and Paranorman was a hell of a lot better than this film. This film still has its merits and if you have children or younger siblings then take them along, I’m sure they’ll get a kick out of this film for sure.

Rating: 7/10

I hoped you enjoyed this review and let me know your thoughts on the film in comments below. Anyways see ya in the next review yo! 😀

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Posted by on December 12, 2012 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews


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