‘Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation’ Film Review

Grade: B-

Steve Buscemi, Adam Sandler, David Spade, Kevin James, Genndy Tartakovsky, Keegan-Michael Key, Selena Gomez, and Andy Samberg in Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018)

At this point, you would expect Genndy Tartakovsky’s ‘Hotel Transylvania’ series to overstay its welcome (I mean, a cruise ship? What else can these films do to keep families in seats?). Thankfully, ‘Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation’ is filled to the brim with fast-paced Looney-Tunes-style animation, and an enjoyment factor that makes a vast improvement over its predecessors, and shows us that this series can be fun, even if the comedic cast is not enough!

Adam Sandler and his comedy troupe return for a third round as the voices of Dracula and company as they pack their bags from the titular “Hotel for monsters” to a cruise ship, after Dracula’s daughter, Mavis (Voiced by Selena Gomez) believes that her father is overworked from running the business, yet, in reality, he turns out to be lovesick; being centuries since his wife was murdered by vengeful humans, and with the hotel being a popular place for creatures of the night to get married, it only adds to the distress.

Once on the cruise, however, the Lord of Darkness’s boredom and distress eventually turn around when he sets his eyes on the ship’s captain, Ericka (Voiced by Kathryn Hahn). Believing it to be a “Zing” (Translation: “Love at first sight”), Dracula ends up in a trance, much to Mavis’s chagrin. What he does not know is that Ericka is a descendant of his centuries-old enemy, Abraham Van Helsing (Voiced by Jim Gaffigan), who plans on using the cruise as a way to get rid of all the monsters for her dear old great-grandfather. 

Being that ‘Hotel Transylvania 3’ is a children’s movie, you can guess where the story takes you, even when it decides to sidetrack you, you seem to have an idea what will happen next. Fortunately, it is still a hoot to sit through. If I could say anything, then ‘Hotel Transylvania 3’ was the funnest cruise I have taken this summer!

One thought on “‘Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation’ Film Review

  1. I had mixed feelings about the first two films, but I enjoyed watching them over-all. I did a blog post a few years ago about them, and while I feel like they both had major issues with their endings, They also feature my favorite version of the Dracula character.

    Your review makes me wanna watch the third one now!

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