Hotel Transylvania (2012) Review

The problem with this is that anyone over the age of 8 will get real tired real quick of the silly humour. Problem is that as a film it is aimed at 8 and under so I can’t really put that against it. The story is as you would expect from the trailer and turns around the same as you would expect. The acting was okay, but Sandler’s voice kept coming through the stupid accent and that got a little annoying. The visuals were okay to good, nothing special. It had some fun parts and overall it was fun to watch with some entertaining characters from Frankenstein to The Wolf man voiced by Steve Buscemi.

Hotel Transylvania - Banner

Welcome to the Hotel Transylvania, Dracula’s (Adam Sandler) lavish five-stake resort, where monsters and their families can live it up, free to be the monsters they are without humans to bother them. On one special weekend, Dracula has invited some of the world’s most famous monsters–Frankenstein and his bride, the Mummy, the Invisible Man, a family of werewolves, and more–to celebrate his daughter Mavis’s 118th birthday. For Drac, catering to all of these legendary monsters is no problem–but his world could come crashing down when one ordinary guy stumbles on the hotel and takes a shine to Mavis.

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Story: 50%       Acting: 40%      Visuals: 70%      Dialogue: 60%

Fun/Humour: 70%      Style/Sound: 35%      Characters: 60%

Total: 55%

Hotel Transylvania - Poster

The story is ok but you can pretty much predict everything that will happen, over protective dad, daughter falls for trouble maker, dad doesn’t like him, eventually likes him and then there’s a party.  The acting was ok for most but Sandler annoyed me because you could hear his stupid whiny voice coming through his characters ridiculous accent, it was like having a water boy character from Transylvania. The dialogue was ok again nothing special but not bad, a few nods to previous monster films but didn’t really play to it which I found to be a shame, one of the benefits of Frankenweenie is that it ran with the monster history, but this failed to do it and suffered for it aiming more for cheap tricks and childish humour.

Hotel Transylvania - Monster Club

The visuals where good sadly again nothing special with normal effects being used and nothing I haven’t seen before. The film is fun though and the humour no matter how childish is there and will appeal to some, and just young children and stupid stupid people. I think there is a style to this film but I don’t really care. This gets on my nerve about the sound, the majority of the songs where terrible ‘Sexy and i know it’ as a sample.

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The best reviews I found would be these “Comedy gothic isn’t exactly novel, and frankly there is a sense here of a movie coasting along on Halloween hype-marketing, without providing as many laughs and ideas as it really could have done” Peter Bradshaw. “An animation that never drags itself out of mediocrity despite the best efforts of gifted animator Tartakovsky” Helen OHara. “There’s a good chance that children under 10 will find “Hotel Transylvania” entertaining, because it’s as non-threatening as can be and the jokes are obvious. There’s an equally good chance that everyone else will wander off” James Plath.

My favourite scene would have to be the scene where The wolf man is in bed with his eyes open, red and bloodshot with all his kids hanging on him sleeping. It just made me laugh the most in the whole film.

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20 responses to “Hotel Transylvania (2012) Review”

  1. The Focused Filmographer says :

    see, most reviews I’ve read for this praise it and state that Sandler should stick to animated features and that this one was super great. I started to feel like I should’ve opted to see this one, but I knew I wasn’t the target audience and it didn’t really appeal to me.

    so…thank you for your review, confirming what I felt from the beginning!


  2. Shrey Khetarpal says :

    I watched it on a flight recently and found it alright. Nothing new as you pointed out but it’s fine to have an animated film that tries to keep it simple for kids.


  3. markmc2012 says :

    My kids liked it, but I didn’t get a chance to see more than 10 minutes of it yet.


  4. Victor De Leon says :

    I watched this with my Wife and Daughter (she’s 17) and we had some fun with it but not as much as with Frankenweenie. Good review!


  5. sanclementejedi says :

    My kids been bugging me to watch this. Thanks for the heads up that I should save this one for when he and his mom are watching a show together. 😉


  6. ruth says :

    This looks cute enough to rent. I might give it a shot after I get to Frankenweenie, that one looks like a winner.


  7. Erik says :

    Good review! It is not bad but I think I am too old to really enjoy it. It is poor especially in comparison to Frankenweenie.


  8. wordschat says :

    I was so looking forward to this Tim but it left me feeling as flat ad the animation or lack thereof. Just look at any Dracula scene. With all the technology his face looks drawn with a coloured pencil. No depth just standard egg like shape. It all looks like a Saturday morning cartoon to me.


  9. CMrok93 says :

    Good review Tim. Maybe if I was around 7 or 8 and I saw this flick, I would be flipping out of my seat. However, not being that age and being over 10 years older than that, I was just very bored. It wasn’t terrible, yet, it wasn’t anything I felt was worth really remembering.


  10. Bubbawheat says :

    I will say that the short that comes with the movie “Goodnight Mr. Foot” is better than the actual movie and much more fitting with Tartakofsky’s other work. And out of the three Halloween themed movies that came out this year, this one is currently my 6 year old daughter’s favorite, though she did spend a long time with Frankenweenie as her favorite too. I thought it was ok, definitely predictable, and too often with childish humor especially seeing my daughter rewind the fart joke about 6 times in a row. At least it’s not bad, it’s just mediocre.


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