Hotel Transylvania is hardly the most memorable of the year’s holiday movies. In its defense, it isn’t the worst, either. One part Monsters, Inc. and one part Mad Monster Party, it has just enough heart and jokes to make it appealing to both parents and children. The heart of the movie comes from the primary storyline in which Dracula (voiced by Adam Sandler) throws a party for his daughter, Mavis (voiced by Selena Gomez—Wizards of Waverly Place). It takes place on the eve of her *ahem* 118th birthday. The thing is that this incarnation of Dracula is like any other parent. He knows that his daughter is an adult. But he’s scared to let her go and cut the leash. This is something to which every parent can relate. Sure, so many movies use this kind of plot. But the execution of the storyline offers enough heart to make it enjoyable for parents even in the twenty-first century.Hotel Transylvania’s primary plot is executed in an original manner. But without its secondary plot, the main story of Dracula learning to let go of his daughter might not have worked so well. That secondary plot is the buddy comedy between Dracula and Jonathan (voiced by fellow SNL alum Andy Samberg). At first the pair is at odds with each other. But thanks to a course of events, they end up becoming close friends. It’s that series of events that will leave both kids and parents laughing and really make the movie worth its hour and a half run time.
The dual storylines written into Hotel Transylvania make it an enjoyable movie both for parents and kids. On another level it’s enjoyable in that seeing the collection of classic Universal movie monsters will make parents (and even grandparents) feel nostalgic. At the same time, it serves as a good way to indoctrinate young audiences into the world of classic horror monsters. This combined with the movie’s family friendly storylines makes it a movie that while hardly memorable, is worth at least one watch.
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