The Dracula family leaves their hotel for a hotel on the water.
By Louise M., Carrybeans
Flashback to the year 1897, we meet Professor Abraham Van Helsing (voice of Jim Gaffigan), the vampire hunter and Dracula’s archenemy. And within the first 5 minutes into the movie, the vampire hunter is assumed to have drowned and Dracula (voice of Adam Sandler) sums up what the movie is going to be about.
After more than a hundred years, Dracula finally gets his love life back on track. Following a wedding party, the Lord of Darkness is feeling rather lonely and goes on Zingr (a dating app equivalent to Tinder) to find a date. Mavis (voice of Selena Gomez) assumes that her father is just stress from work and thinks it’s time for some family time. Unbeknownst to Drac, she decides on a surprise cruise.
The previously reluctant Drac is now enjoying himself after he suddenly sets his eyes on Ericka (voice of Kathryn Hahn), captain of the monster-sized luxury cruise ship Legacy. Ericka is flirtatious and charming towards those she meets. However, on the inside she holds onto much darker motives as she has a family secret that could threaten Drac’s heart.
The love plot is actually quite predictable, but it’s nice to see that the focus of this movie now revolves around Drac. We also get to see all the monsters travel out and away from Hotel Transylvania by air and for a major part, by sea.
On board the cruise ship, it seems that Johnny (voice of Andy Samberg) and Mavis’s son, Dennis (voice of Asher Blinkoff) and the little wolf pup Winnie (voice of Sadie Sandler) continues to be an item. It’s cute how Dennis tries to hold back his feelings when he says he is still too young to ‘zing’ (it means falling in love in monster language). We also meet Dennis’s giant puppy Tinkles (from the mini-short film “Puppy“). It could just be me but I personally find this character to be more of an annoying distraction than a great addition.
Somehow, I feel like Drac is channelling Bruno Mars in one of the scenes. From the music to his outfit, they just go together. While Papa Drac (voice of Mel Brooks) with just his speedos on makes quite an amusing scene. We get to see the Drac Pack having more fun in this sequel especially for the wolf couple, Wayne (voice of Steve Buscemi) and Wanda (voice of Molly Shannon).
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Because this is the first time we get to see the monsters underwater, the scenes are great especially the sea life and lava-spewing volcano. There is also a funny scene with the Drac family and a family of seahorses, and then a sudden realisation by the second antagonist. The singing Kraken (voice of Joe Jonas), an enormous octopus, at the legendary lost city of Atlantis (Las Vegas much?) was one of the highlights of the movie. I never knew a scary monster from the deep could sing so well!
Oh and the soundtrack? Definitely not a total disappointment. There’s a reason why the monsters are just singing and dancing themselves away.
Family is everything. You have to honour the past but we make our own future. – Dracula
There are a few corny jokes and some witty ones that would either make you cringe or burst out laughing. They try to make one for the adults too so if you’re paying close attention, you’ll be quick to get the naughty line. But even with the little twist midway, I don’t quite like the ending probably because it just seems rushed?
The whole movie was all good fun and although it’s not as great as its predecessors, it makes for a good family movie time. Kids and kids at heart will still love this sequel. And because the monsters never cease to be non-scary entertaining, Carrybeans gives Hotel Transylvania 3 a 7/10.
If you like watching musicals, go check out Mamma Mia 2!
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