Saturday, October 6, 2012

Hotel Transylvania - Movie Review

Starring the voices of Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, Steve Buscemi, Fran Drescher, David Spade, CeeLo Green, Molly Shannon and Jon Lovitz.
Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky.


Well, hey, Adam Sandler has evolved to the next logical level - animation.  He's learned the lesson from his first attempt, with 8 Crazy Nights.

What we have here is a conventional 3-D animated movie that riffs on monsters like so many have before, from Mel Brooks to Abbott & Costello.  Sandler voices Dracula, owner of Hotel Transylvania, a refuge from monsters to be able to stay somewhere human-free. And it's all to keep his daughter Mavis safe.

But a human (Andy Samberg) wanders in and throws everything into a tizzy.  He's someone Mavis (Selena Gomez) finds cute and so Dracula spends half the movie just trying to keep him away from her and still sneak him out of the hotel before anyone else finds out he's a real human.

Since it's a Sandler movie, he's hired his buddies to round out the monster voices, with mixed results.  Kevin James is Frankenstein, Steve Buscemi is the Wolfman, David Spade is the Invisible Man, and Jon Lovitz is Quasimodo.  The movie is at its best when it focuses on the father-daughter-beau triangle.

It's a pleasant enough diversion. There's a ton of fart jokes.

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