Movie Ramblings: Hotel Transylvania


Hotel Transylvania is an animated movie about Dracula and his “teenage” daughter Mavis. Due to negative encounters with pitchfork wielding mobs in the distant past, Dracula is understandably overprotective of his daughter and wary of humans. So he sets up a hotel exclusively for monsters and surrounds it with haunted forests and other barriers to stop humans from finding it. Then, on the eve of Mavis’ momentous 118th birthday human backpacker Jonathan stumbles into the hotel with hilarious and life changing results.

Although this is a children’s movie at heart and therefore is missing some of the complexity or depth that you would get in some animated movies that are aimed at a wider audience, there is still plenty to keep adults interested and amused.

The animation is good in a way that means I don’t really remember it. This doesn’t really sound like a compliment but I mean it to be. It isn’t so flashy that it distracts from everything else like that Final Fantasy film but it also is nice enough that you can just get on with watching the film and kind of forget that it is an animation.

Werewolf kids cause mayhem wherever they go!
Werewolf kids cause mayhem wherever they go!

Most of the film revolves around Dracula trying to convince Mavis and all the other monsters that humans are universally dangerous and need to be feared and avoided. Once human traveller Jonathan arrives at the hotel, Dracula goes into overdrive trying to hide him and make him out to be a monster so that he can keep running the hotel as a monsters only venue, and keep Mavis from wanting to investigate the outside world. Hilarious antics ensue throughout the middle of the film before inevitably, Dracula comes to like Jonathan and realise that humans aren’t all bad. Mavis also starts to like Jonathan and spends more time with him, even after she realises his isn’t a monster.

Mavis, Dracula, Jonathan
Mavis, Dracula, Jonathan

Eventually the other monsters find out about Jonathan and everything starts to go wrong. But of course, Dracula manages to convince the other monsters that humans are OK and everything turns out nice in the end (you didn’t really expect anything else did you?

Some of the secondary characters are excellent, especially the werewolf children who cause mayhem wherever they go. A lot of the humour is pretty childish but it is really a children’s film so that is to be expected. The opening sequence at the hotel where all of the other monsters are introduced one after another goes on a bit too long. But these are niggling problems with an otherwise decent film.


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