Sunday, September 27, 2015

Brief Thoughts on Hotel Transylvania 2

I took my oldest daughter to see Hotel Transylvania when it came out. I loved it. That was the same year that Frankenweenie and Paranorman hit. We went and saw those as well. Though Hotel Transyvlania wasn't my favorite kid Horror flick of the year, it left a mark and upon repeated viewings I grew to love and appreciate it. Sure it has some glaring moments of obvious humor that are painful, but it's meant for kids first and me second. That's how I rationalize most negative aspects of the movie. The beautiful thing about kids Horror movies is that I can write off parts of the movie to enjoy the whole so much easier than with movies meant for an adult audience. I can give them a second and third chance, and I did with this one and it has become a family favorite.

Hotel Transylvania 2 came out in theaters this weekend. This time I took both my older daughter and younger daughter. They both loved it (ages 11 and 3 going on 4 respectively). The oldest laughed and quoted the movie. The youngest laughed and said "blah... blah, blah" over and over and over and over during the movie. We had a ball. I also enjoyed the movie, and I think it's on par with the original. It has moments of comedy meant purely for kids but an overreaching message that works well for all ages. Classic monster fans will love all their old favorite from the original as well as few new faces along with some particular funny moments from the Invisible Man character and the Blob character. I'm still thinking about those guys. Very funny.

The story primarily focuses on Mavis and new human hubby having and inter-monster/human baby and Drac's obsession with knowing whether the baby is a vamp or a human. It's one of those "forced rites of passage" movie where Drac wants to see that things go HIS way. Road trip ensues that takes Dracula and crew across the darkest reaches of the scariest places around including Drac's old summer camp. It all ends happy and charming and with a neat little spin. As always, sit through the credits to enjoy some choice moments with the characters. I wish these things could stop having a dance party near the end. They always do. Pet peeve.

Hotel Transylvania 2 is in theaters now. It's okay to enjoy an animated Horror picture intended for kids. If you're lucky, you're still a kid yourself.

From Sony:

Now that Dracula (Adam Sandler) has opened the Hotel Transylvania's doors to humans, things are changing for the better; however, Drac is secretly worried that his half-human grandson, Dennis, isn't showing his vampire side. So, while Mavis and Johnny are away, Drac enlists his friends to help him put the boy through a "monster-in-training" boot camp. But things really get batty when Drac's cantankerous, old-school dad (Mel Brooks) pays an unexpected visit.

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