Halloween is almost upon us! If you're looking for a funny-spooky but not-scary family movie to put you in the mood for the ghoulish season, you might enjoy this entertaining animated spook-tacular.
E. and I saw it in 3D and had a good time during the previews making fun of each other wearing the 3D glasses.
"You look like a bug."
"No, you look like a bug."
The graphics were impressive in this movie, though perhaps not quite as breathtaking as Pixar's "Brave" that we reviewed a while back; however, we love Adam Sandler in pretty much everything he does. (He's the voice of daddy Dracula.) You never really think about Dracula in regard to his parenting skills, but this movie shows us a new side of the immortal bloodsucker: the doting dad.
Drac wants to protect his vampire daughter from the outside world, but paranoid about pitchfork-wielding human mobs, he built Hotel Transylvania as a wonderful safe home for her, secluded from human society. To keep her company, he makes the mansion a lavish 5-star getaway resort for all the gross ghouls and monsters of the world to come and have their vacations. Kinda funny. His pals the Werewolf and Frankenstein arrive with their families. (Love the werewolf puppies.)
But among all the arriving monsters, an univited guest shows up - horrors! - a human boy. A stinky youth-hostel backpacker dude, to be exact. He's actually kind of a lovable mimbo (that's a male bimbo if you don't know the term) who lives by a philosophy of "just roll with it." Pretty sure he hails from LA or thereabouts, because he takes all the weirdness in stride. He and vampire daughter Mavis develop a little romance, but obviously, Drac does Not Approve.
The movie was cute. Adults will recognize a lot of famous voices: Steve Buscemi (Werewolf), Fran
Drescher (Bride of Frankenstein), Molly Shannon, David Spade, Jon Lovitz, and of course Selena Gomez voiced Drac's daughter Mavis. The only thing I didn't like so much was the amount of bathroom humor. Little too much of the fart jokes, etc. but of course, it went over well with the little guys in the audience, judging by the rows and rows of giggling kids around us. Still, Hotel Transylvania was entertaining, energetic, and very creative as it showed the classic monsters in a new light. A fun little escape from everyday cares! After all, even if you're stressed out from work/school at least you don't have pitchfork mobs chasing you.
Check it out this weekend when you're done putting out your Halloween decorations and it'll get you right into the trick-or-treat spirit!