Hotel Transylvania: Amusing but Not Amazing Animated Feature
Adam SandlerAndy Samberg...
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On the night of Mavis’ big birthday, which officially marks her entry into adulthood, Drac invites all of his monster buddies to celebrate. There’s Frankenstein (James) and his bride (Drescher); a werewolf named Wayne (Buscemi) with his wife, Wanda (Shannon), along with their immeasurable number of naughty werewolf pups; as well as the Invisible Man (Spade).
Drac’s world turns chaotic when an uninvited guest, a backpacker named Jonathan (Samberg), stumbles into the hotel. In order to reassure his guests that his hotel is still a human-free zone, Drac disguises Jonathan and passes him off as Frankestein’s cousin. Soon after, Mavis and Jonathan meet and start falling for each other, forcing Drac to face his issues and come to terms with his never-ending discrimination against the human race.
The screenplay, co-written in part by the comedic pros Peter Baynham and Robert Smigel, lives up to its expectations in the first twenty minutes. However, once the fart jokes and crotch shots start rolling in, its ‘crash n burn’ until the end.
The casting of Samberg as Jonathan is inspired and Buscemi gets his nod as Wayne the werewolf. As for the stars of the film, this was a step up for Sandler who does deliver as Count Dracula – for the most part anyway; and playing the vampire daughter of a controlling father, Gomez held her own pretty much all the way through.