I can remember watching the first two Hotel Transylvania movies with my family and enjoying what I saw. When I saw that Sony Pictures Animation was releasing the third film to round out the trilogy, I was excited to see what these characters would be doing.
For those that don’t know, the basic idea behind the first Hotel Transylvania is that Dracula spends his time running a hotel for monsters, and his daughter Mavis falls in love with a human. And the second had Dracula realizing that he is not as young as he used to be and how the world has changed.
The cast of the previous movies included Adam Sandler as Dracula, Selina Gomez as Mavis and Andy Samberg as Johnny. The previous movies main cast was filled out with Kevin James, Steve Buscemi, CeeLo Green, Keegan-Michael Key, David Spade, Fran Drescher and Molly Shannon.
Other than the main characters of Count Dracula, Mavis, and Johnny; Hotel Transylvania is full of classic movie monsters, ranging from Frankenstein’s monster to the Invisible Man. Kevin James is Frankenstein’s Monster, and David Spade is the Invisible Man. Steve Buscemi and Molly Shannon are married werewolves, Wayne and Wanda, who don’t know what to do with themselves when they don’t have their pups.
Keegan-Michael Key plays Murray a mummy that hangs out with Dracula. Count Dracula’s group of friends is rounded out by his father Vlad, voiced by Mel Brooks. Asher Blinkoff voices Mavis’ son Dennis, Fran Drescher as Eunice, the Bride of Frankenstein and Chrissy Teigen’s Crystal The Invisible man’s Girlfriend.
New characters introduced in Hotel Transylvania 3 are the Van Helsings. Professor Abraham and Ericka voiced by Jim Gaffigan and Kathryn Hahn, respectively, are part of a family that has a legacy of hunting monster. Along with those two are Joe Jonas’ Kraken and Chris Parnell as Stan, the lead worker on the cruise who happens to a fish with the legs of a man.
Something for the Kids
You can usually tell when a movie is targeting children as its audience. The film is generally fast pace, things are always going on all over, and the jokes are usually pretty simple. That is really what this movie has in spades. It is one of those movies where Adam Sandler is mostly having fun with his friends.
The plot is overly simplistic, and I had a hard time connecting with the characters. The first two movies delt so much with Dracula letting go and dealing with him getting older. This one felt like it was a vacation for no reason.
Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation is without a doubt a children’s movie more than a family movie. Always going a mile a minute, the film’s 97-minute runtime flys by. And for me, the jokes didn’t land. My daughter and wife enjoyed most of them while I only remember one or two landing for me.
This movie ends in a way that left me shaking my head and feeling that most of the conflict between monsters and villains was an allegory for racism. I would only recommend this film for the younger audiences and tell the parents not to worry. It is a short film.