Sony Animations studios is back on the big screen with the release of their latest animated movie, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, directed by Genndy Tartakovsky and featuring the voice acting talents of Adam Sandler (Dracula) and Selena Gomez (Mavis). The movie is the third installment in what many consider to be Sony Animation Studio’s most successful franchise. The story continues the adventures of the hotel owning monster family as Mavis feels that her father is being overworked and decides the best thing for the entire family is to book a family vacation cruise. In addition to being overworked, Dracula is also realizing how lonely he actually feels and begins searching for another potential soul mate to have a “zing” with as they call it in the movie. Once on board the ship, things do not appear as they seem and Dracula must come face to face with an old foe.
After the disastrous and weak year that was 2017 for Sony Animations Studios, and given the massive disappointment Illumination Studios’ Despicable Me 3 was, I did not have high expectations for this movie at all. In fact, I can’t really say I expected anything good to come from this movie. Which is why I’m so relieved to be able to say that Sony Animation Studios actually managed to impress with me with how entertaining and heartfelt this third installment actually turned out to be. The film captured the same enjoyment and heart from the first two films while managing to surpass the second film and be just as good if not better than the first.
This movie’s biggest strength comes from its comedy. The comedy is so well written for the style and tone that the movie falls into that it really sits well with the audience. You can tell that although these writers, voice actors, and directors were not given much to work with for a third film, they really tried to write decent jokes that both kids and adults could laugh at. They could have just settled for silly kid jokes or one liners every five minutes that would serve no purpose other than to make really young kids laugh and remind everyone that isn’t a kid they are watching a kids film. Instead, we get a movie that uses its comedy to its advantage by cleverly incorporating it into its plot, character development and script.
Speaking of the characters, this movie does a good job of bringing back the heart of the first film by returning the focus on part of the conflict to the father-daughter relationship between Mavis and Dracula. Although Dracula no longer wants to be lonely, he doesn’t want to upset Mavis by appearing to have moved on from her mom. Watching the two of them overcome this dilemma is extremely entertaining and heartwarming. The new characters that are brought in are also essential to the plot and extremely enjoyable to watch and we definitely get to enjoy our favorite bunch of old monsters from the other movies.
My only critique for the movie as a whole is that at times certain scenes felt very oddly cut together, it was as if something would be happening only so that they could now be in a different location where the real plot propelling scene was supposed to take place when a simple cut to that location and scene would have been fine. The animation was decent and matched the style of the first two films. It was cool to see this movie explore their world a lot more and utilizing their new locations to their full action potential.
Overall this movie was a very enjoyable experience and a nice way to spend an hour and a half laughing and smiling with your family. If you’re a fan of the first two Hotel Transylvania movies then I strongly recommend you go watch this one. You won’t be disappointed.
Written by, Kiyan Badkoubeh