Verdict: 3.5 / 5
When the year comes to an end we all long for that December holiday break. We long to just sit back, kick up our feet and just get away from it all. Who says it’s any different with monsters? You think it’s an easy job scaring people and terrifying little children all the time? It’s exhausting! Luckily Dracula’s had a lot of time to figure out how to remedy this problem.
Welcome to Hotel Transylvania, Dracula’s lavish five-stake (sorry!) resort, where monsters and their families can live it up and no humans are allowed. It is a safe sanctuary where all monsters are welcome, where none are too weird, big or random. This hotel is pretty well hidden from humans and it all seems like smooth sailing, until some human randomly stumbles into the hotel. And that is when things start to get interesting.
Dracula, as much as his nature fights against it, realises that the human, Jonathan only means well. He is not like Dracula remembers humans. He doesn’t want to kill or destroy any of the monsters. And to make things more complicated, it’s his daughter’s 118th birthday. She’s ready for independence and both she and Jonathan kind of fancy each other. Dracula tries to hide Jonathan by dressing him up as a monster and Jonathan, realising he’s surrounded by monsters, is at first a bit freaked out but then starts to have the time of his life.
From that point onwards you have one typical scenario after another play out. The story is predictable, even though it’s in a different set up. The characters are likable and you do start to grow fond of many of them, even some of the monsters.
The animation is quite decent and does a good job of helping the story along. It isn’t groundbreaking in any way though. And even though the whole movie revolves around monsters, it’s actually quite harmless. Although not a brilliant film, it is pleasant and plods along at a decent pace with enough interesting visuals and side jokes to keep the whole family occupied for the whole 90min duration.