by Jaden Anderson
In the new animated film Hotel Transylvania, Adam Sandler plays the role of Count Dracula, an overprotective dad who builds a lavish five-star hotel/castle where monsters can get away from the world of “dangerous” humans. Dracula hopes to protect his daughter, Mavis (Selena Gomez), within the hotel walls, but she has big dreams of seeing the outside world. Everything changes on Mavis’s 118th birthday when a human named Jonathan (Andy Samberg) enters the castle. Jonathan opens Mavis’s eyes to life outside the castle, also opening Dracula’s eyes to the possibility that maybe humans aren’t bad after all. Jonathan’s arrival alters life at the hotel, and Dracula must use the help of his friends Griffin the Invisible Man, Murray the Mummy, Frank, and Wayne to set things right.
The film is loaded with an all-star cast featuring the voice talents of Kevin James, David Spade, Cee Lo Green, Steve Buscemi, and Molly Shannon. Hotel Transylvania is full of gags and gimmicks for kids of all ages. A fun soundtrack featuring songs by LMFAO and will.i.am. appeals to teenagers and young adults as well. The slapstick humor moves the film along at a quick, fun pace, although sometimes not leaving enough time in between jokes for them to stick. There are a few innuendoes and some crude humor, but overall the film is definitely kid-friendly. Hotel Transylvania promotes family, love, and accepting others who may appear different. It’s also a great Halloween film to see without scaring the kids. If you’re looking for an entertaining and uplifting movie this Halloween for the entire family, then check in at the Hotel Transylvania!