Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation
Directed By: Doug Murphy
Starring: Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, Andy Samberg, Katherine Hahn, Kevin James, David Spade, Keegan Michael-Key, Steve Buschemi, Maya Rudolph, Fran Drescher, Chrissy Tiegen, Chris Parnell, Jim Gaffigan, Joe Jonas, et. al.
When Mavis, daughter of Dracula, the owner of the luxurious Hotel Transylvania, decides that her dad needs a vacation from planning other people’s vacations, she books the whole family on an exclusive cruise through the Bermuda Triangle with all their friends. Almost as soon as they arrive, Drac falls for the beautiful cruise director, Ericka, despite believing all his life that monsters only have one chance at true love. And although she’s developing feelings for Drac herself, Ericka fights against it in order to fulfill her family’s legacy and be the first Van Helsing to finally destroy all of monster kind.
The third movie in the Hotel Transylvania series, this is the first one to mostly take place away from the hotel itself. It’s nice to see Dracula attempting to relax, though he spends a good deal of the time complaining that they have the same amenities/activities at his hotel. Pretty much everyone from the first two movies is back, with no noticeable changes in voice actors, and they all seem to mesh well together, as with the first two movies.
The animation looks like it was hand-drawn, though it was likely done by computer, and the color timing is well done.
The storyline may have been a bit shallow, but all in all, the movie is still entertaining, and not just on a kids level. The franchise remains true to its core belief that monsters aren’t bad, just misunderstood. This is also the first time they’ve had an actual human as the antagonist, instead of another monster. The movie tends to dip down into the ridiculous, but that’s true for most children’s movies anymore, and it doesn’t detract from the enjoyment.
Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation isn’t available free to stream anywhere at the moment, but it can be rented from Redbox or Netflix home delivery service, or purchased from a participating store or on-line retailer.
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