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A film with lovable characters and genuine laughs
I have been waiting to watch Hotel Transylvania for a while now. With a legendary director, a fantastic animation studio and a gang of Monsters, what not to be excited about? And after watching this film, I can say I am not disappointed!

Dracula (Adam Sandler) is just like any other father. Sure his daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez) is 117, but that doesn't stop this daddy from worrying about her. As Mavis's 118th birthday comes up, Dracula decided to throw her a huge birthday bash and invites all the monsters from around the world to his lavish five-stark resort - Hotel Transylvania, a rest place for monsters, far away from the human eye. What Dracula doesn't "count" on is a human boy, Jonathan (Andy Samberg), stumbling upon his hotel and falling for his beloved little Mavis.

Sony Pictures Animation has given us many uniquely brilliant full CG films over the years, such as Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009) and Surf's Up (2007) to name a few. And while their films may not touch your soul or bring out that one tear which you always try so hard to hide (read: Pixar), they are still very memorable and entertaining. Their animation is top notch and their Annie Awards prove it. Hotel Transylvania is no exception.

While its premise isn't exceptionally unique, the "Monster" element along with a tight screenplay is what makes this movie stand out from the crowd. The characters are beautifully thought out and every character has its own personality. The animation was top notch and the environments were beautiful. The 3D element worked very well with the film and added another level of entertainment. The songs were short yet catchy and not so many that it would make the movie boring. But what I enjoyed most about this movie was the humour. When watching an Adam Sandler movie, one has to be prepared for crass jokes and toilet humour. Hotel Transylvania, however was a refreshing surprise.

The jokes were genuinely funny and were weaved into the story with great finesse. Another shining element of this film were the voice actors. Adam Sandler has given a stellar performance as Count Dracula. With a voice as distinctive as his, I was afraid it would draw away from the viewing experience. However his accent was spot on and quite funny. Selena Gomez as Mavis has also done quite a good job. What I also found quite amazing about this movie was the lack of a real villain character. To me, carrying an entire film without an "evil person" is an achievement that not many cartoon films have been able to accomplish.

Hotel Transylvania is the theatrical directorial debut of Genndy Tartakovsky, the creator of many acclaimed cartoons such as Dexter's Laboratory and Samurai Jack, as well as the producer, director, writer and animator of many of Cartoon Network's other top shows. Although this movie has been in development since 2006 and Tartakovsky is the sixth director for this movie, he has made this film his own, and his crazy and quirky creative style is evident throughout the film.

While the story is fairly predictable, the movie is far from boring. Some characters might be too scary for very young kids, so parents be warned. But with all the monsters from our favourite childhood tales, from Frankenstein to the Invisible Man, coming together under one roof, this is one movie not to be missed! So relax, take a deep breath and book yourself into the Hotel Transylvania.

Director: Genndy Tartakovsky
Cast: Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, Cee Lo Green, Steve Buscemi, David Spade, Molly Shannon, Fran Drescher and Jon Lovitz
Studio: Sony Pictures Imageworks
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family

Verdict: a solid script, a tight screenplay and funny characters makes this film a MUST SEE.
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Why? An entertaining MONSTER movie
When: September 2012
Where: In cinemas
Your Comment
Thoroughly enjoyed this film. Agree with your verdict and liked that neither Adam Sandler nor David Spade, overplayed (overvoiced?) their parts, too. Story was quirky, uptodate and fun.
Sandler was superb, as the overprotective father, just wanting the best for his daughter. Loved all the 'characters' and all in all, it was just a rollicking, good fun story for children and parents, alike. The good ones are the ones EVEN the parents enjoy.
5 stars is my verdict. I'd watch this one again. Good review.
by curiouser&curiouser (score: 2|526) 2214 days ago
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