Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation

I am not an Adam Sandler fan, but I do not remember hating the first two Hotel Transylvania movies anywhere near as much as I hated Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation.

Within the first ten minutes I was wishing I wasn’t watching it.  I found it dull, predictable and not funny.

Dracula (Adam Sandler) was becoming lonely so his daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez) arranged for him to take some time off and go on a family cruise so he can spend time with his family.  Unfortunately, the captain of the cruise ship, Ericka (Kathryn Hahn) turns out to be the great-granddaughter of one of Drac’s classic foes.

That piece of storyline I saw one million miles away.  The rest of the film was simple and repetitive.  You could guess where the film was going and you would have been right.  You could say that it was made this way because it was made for children, but that degrades those amazing movies such as Incredibles 2, Inside Out, How to Train your Dragon etc that are able to create deep, complex stories without talking down to children.  Hotel Transylvania 3 is nowhere near that level of movie.

To be fair, the animation was interesting and some of the monster’s character designs were cool.   You could pass the time just staring at the animation and the background monsters and creatures because they are impressive.  However, there is only so much you can stare at animation.

There were like two jokes worthy of a giggle, and one of them was a fart joke.  I will say there was a limited amount of fart/poop jokes in the movie, which was impressive for an Adam Sandler movie.

As I said, I did not remember hating the previous Hotel Transylvania movies this much so  I wonder why this one really tripped my trigger.  And I have to say, my theater was packed, but there was not a lot of laughter to be had.  There was a little more than I had, but it was pretty quiet most of the time.  There were some little kids in the front row near me that were getting bored of the film about half way through.  I was, of course, already bored by then.

Outside of an intriguing visual imagery, there is little to nothing left for Hotel Transylvania 3 to give.  If you have to go with your kids, good luck.  Or maybe you can talk them into Incredibles 2 again.

1 star

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