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Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation Audience Review
Centuries ago at the dawn of 1897, an aged Dutch doctor strutted across the dreadful streets of Transylvania. He was a strongly built man of medium height and striking brows, his rickety stride to demolish monsters from the human world secured the human’s from the horrific beasts. He waved around his sleek ammunition meticulously aiming at his target, “Count Dracula (Adam Sandler)”. Legend has it that the vampire Slayer was known by the name, Professor Abraham Van Helsing (Jim Gaffigan). For decades his family hunted down vampires but the inevitable Count Dracula was beyond invincible.
Immortality stood no chance against Helsing. He lived on with the help of his steampunk suit and his burning desire to kill Dracula. Cut to the present day, Helsing develops a blueprint to defeat Drac with the help of his great-granddaughter, Ericka( Kathryn Hahn). Like they say in the monster world, “Monsters zing only once”. Drac who was once married to the love of his life zings with Ericka which blinds him from her evil tactics.
Ericka’s attempts to slay the warm-hearted, cold-blooded Dracula fails miserably while the wide span of audiences eagerly wait for her grinchy great grandfather’s master plan to wade in time for the demise of the monster menagerie.
The movie kick starts like a cannonball- dive into the ocean splashing gallons of sight gags woefully zooming us through Drac’s surprise vacation on a monster cruise. The menacing and vibrant settings and well-spaced out spooky action set pieces exuberantly sends chills down one’s spine. But the proceeding scenes forces the viewers to endure the meager screenplay and insouciant Storyline.
Regardless of the hackneyed plot, every monster enters the screen as caricatures but leaves with an everlasting memory in our minds. There is a reason why. Genndy Tartakovsky’s animated characters have the Sky- is- no- limit vivacity on television and on the big screens. His creativity radiates a vivid but mysterious undertone from the monsters and their slap-stick shenanigans.
Hotel Transylvania is as nostalgic as the Cartoon Network shows in the 90’s but this threequel is the series worst peddler yet. Flipping your channel to Dexter's Laboratory and Samurai Jack which we’ve all cherished for ages now is all hail to Tartakovsky and his swarm of innovative animators. But Hotel Transylvania 3 is a sleeping pill ready to doze off parents while the kids manage to sit through it amused by the radical visual treat.
Adam Sandler as Count Dracula, Selena Gomez as Mavis, Andy Samberg as Johnny, Keegan-Michael Key as Murray the Mummy, David Spade as Griffin the Invisible Man, Chrissy Teigen as Griffin’s girlfriend, Asher Blinkoff as the adorable little Dennis, Kathryn Hahn as Ericka, Jim Gaffigan as Van Helsing and Joe Jonas as the Kraken were all the voiceovers to some of the richly-drawn characters in the movie.
If you’re a Pixar fan then stay away from this one, switch on your televisions instead. If you’re ready to relive the nostalgic past of Tartakovsky’s toons then this one’s your sweet escape.