Rabid werewolf babies and ghastly, giant bats; Hotel Transylvania 2 fills the screen with zany characters and bright colours, but fails to offer anything for adults.
⭐ ⭐ ½
Hotel Transylvania 2 is as cuddly and radiant as the first movie, but lacks an idea as original as the hotel itself. All the same characters return for another adventure – which is as it should be – but none of them return with a clue. They all simply smile and run about in haphazard directions as they scramble to keep up with the plot, which takes off without knowing where it wants to go.
Adam Sandler returns as Dracula, the good-hearted owner of the hotel who becomes a grandfather to the newly born half vampire, half human Dennis (Asher Blinkoff). Much of the story involves grandpa Dracula employing all sorts of unscrupulous methods to try and stimulate his grandson’s monster half without his daughter’s knowledge, thus preserving his century-old Dracula bloodline.
This gets old really fast. Hotel Transylvania 2 is a movie that cuts down on plot, and dials up the gags, because in knowing its main target audience it plays to the lowest common denominator, and forgets that the parents in the crowd must surely be older than 11.
I was lucky enough to attend a screening that was preceded by a Halloween costume competition for the little ones. This inevitably meant that there were a lot of small children in the audience, and they all seemed very excited to see their favourite characters again. Then the lights went down, the film began, and everyone was silent. The little ones hardly let out a squeak. Now, either the movie wasn’t funny enough, or they were all tuned in to the wrong frequency. Either way, the filmmakers can rest easy knowing they’ve done the world of monsters and men a favour thanks to a scene featuring Mel Brooks as a haggard, Jewish vampire.
Hotel Transylvania 2 is available in Australian cinemas from November 26th
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