Hotel Transylvania (PG)

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Review byMel Homer24/09/2012

Four out of Five stars
Running time: 91 mins

School holiday fare for the family, Hotel Transylvania will amuse both the 5 and the 35 year old in your life.

What’s it all about?
Count Dracula, (Drac to his friends) has a tiny little Vampire Daughter, Mavis, who he wants to keep safe from the human world. So he creates the first 5 blah hotel for monsters only. This works well, until a hapless human stumbles upon the hotel in time for Mavis’ 118th birthday celebrations.

The Good
I knew nothing of this movie when I went to see it, which in hindsight was a good thing, or I may have had preconceived ideas about a movie both produced and starring Adam Sandler (downhill since Happy Gilmore). But both I, and the four boys I took with me (aged 6 – 11) loved it! With a voice cast including Sandler (Drac), Selena Gomez (Mavis), Adam Samberg (Jonathon the backpacker), Fran Drescher (Bride), Ceelo Green (Murray the Mummy) and Steve Buscemi (the werewolf), there are puns and references that will please both child and adult alike. The Invisible Man (David Spade) playing charades is an obvious but good one, Zombie Beethoven makes an appearance, and scream cheese and bagels appear on the menu as well. They also manage to squeeze a reference in for heavy metal band Slipknot (inspired genius!)

The Bad
I have to disagree with a lot of critics on this one (it has a 53% “Rotten” rating on rottentomatoes.com) I found very little not to like about this movie. It’s fun, it’s fast, there are plenty of pop culture references (which I always like) and at times it’s heartwarming, as Dracula comes to terms with his daughter growing up.

Worth seeing?
Yes. The school holidays are upon us, which means there is bound to be rain, and this is a good way to kill a couple of hours. In my opinion one of the better family movies to see.

Here are some actual quotes, from actual kids…!

“I rate it 4 stars – it was better than I expected. The best bit is when they’re flying” - Finn, 9
“I liked it when he jumped in the pool and landed in the jelly blob” - Tom, 6
“Yeah. It’s cool” - Jesse, 11

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