Hotel Transylvania

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We all have beloved characters. So when a film or tv show decides to combine multiple characters from different stories at once, it’s a real treat. The Avengers did it with superheroes; Hotel Transylvania does it with classic movie monsters. Yet, the only truly memorable thing about Hotel is how much it relies on contemporary pop culture to entertain.



Appealing primarily to the 7-14 year old range, Hotel Transylvania follows Dracula (Adam Sandler), who created the hotel as a refuge for monsters from humans, as he tries to protect his daughter, Mavis (Selena Gomez), from the outside world. When a dimwitted backpacker, Jonathan (Andy Samberg), stumbles upon the hotel at Mavis’ 118th birthday, Dracula switches to hyper-protective father mode. Kevin James, Steve Buscemi, David Spade, Molly Shannon, and countless other stars lend their voices to the film as monsters including Frankenstein, a werewolf, a mummy, the Invisible Man, and more.

By focusing on the aforementioned demographic and boasting Selena Gomez’s name on the poster, Hotel Transylvania really puts all its chips in one basket. There are simple jokes that remain modestly clever by incorporating the “scary” aspect of the monsters (e.g. scream cheese). However, when these fail, the movie switches into Billboard Top 40 mode.


Andy Samberg’s role in the film is twofold. First, he is the human causing Dracula’s blood to boil and Mavis’ heart to swoon. Second, he injects some life into the party thrown by the undead. This is executed through the modern dance party style music and moderate allusions to the fact that Jonathan is a stoner.

Obviously, this does not prevent the movie from being entertaining now. It actually is mildly enjoyable. However, beyond say 2017, Hotel Transylvania will no longer be able to stand on its own. The nostalgia crowd may enjoy it, but the fact that it’s largely forgettable now does not bode well for future prospects. Ultimately, Hotel Transylvania is just another blip on the radar. It’ll serve as some nice trivia later when people question the different actors portraying Dracula because nobody remembers the animated performances!


Anyway, final verdict is a solid meh. You can do much worse, but don’t wait too long. Pop culture is constantly changing so who knows how quickly Hotel will becomes a relic like its main character.

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