Upon realizing how busy their schedules have become due to which the family spends less time with each other, Mavis (Selena Gomez) decides to arrange a vacation for all the Transylvanians which is a cruise trip to the lost city of Atlantis. Dracula (Adam Sandberg) on the other hand is troubled by his loneliness and is initially reluctant to go on a holiday trip but on seeing the ship’s captain Erika (Kathryn Hahn), he zings and settles down for the voyage.
How will the family vacation go? What will be the fate of Dracula’s new zing? Will Erika also fall for him or will the monster-human discrepancy mar their potential relationship?
Positive Points: –
- The movie runs completely along the lines of its predecessors which is why it is fun to watch and easy to enjoy.
- The animation and the voice works have been executed splendidly.
- The music!
Negative Points: –
- Hotel Transylvania 3 lacks emotional depth, even more than its previous instalments.
- The jokes become repetitive after some time and the very thing that humorises its premise becomes vexing.
- The basic storyline is hackneyed and hence predictable.
Direction, Screenplay & Other Technicalities: –
One of the primary strengths of the Hotel Transylvania series is its perfect use of slapstick humour on top of sterling animated visuals. The same view can be extended to this instalment as the animation team as well as director Genndy Tartakovsky leave no stones unturned in throwing, launching, burying, breaking, unjoining and rejoining our monster characters here. Name any kind of dislocation in one’s body or any kind of dynamic motion a matter can undergo, the film has it all and that’s its greatest strength. If not anything, you’d remember Dracula and Blobby’s jives to Bruno Mars’ 24K! The technical team gives a good support to the premise and the songs fit in almost perfectly to the situations in the story.
The weakness, however, lies in its screenplay which is afflicted by several issues relating to its build-up, incorporation of jokes and characterisation. I’m still okay with the repetitive slapstick gimmicks but the problem is that there’s nothing more in the film other than those jokes. Except for Dracula and Erika, no other characters get any appreciable amount of space, not even Mavis, Johnny or Dracula’s friends. Tartakovsky and co-writer Michael McCullers failed in developing the chemistry between each monster, something that made Hotel Transylvania and Hotel Transylvania 2 pleasing and let’s not even get into the growth of all its dramatis personae. Lack of emotions and overuse of comedy is what makes this flick less likeable in comparison to the other two and boils it down to a movie made solely for kids while their parents can comfortably snore in the theatres.
There’s no doubt that the voice works have been apt and splendid in the entire series and so happens in this feature as well. However, the maximum space is shared by Adam Sandler and Kathryn Hahn who simply rock in the shoes of their characters especially the former. The rest of the cast just plays into their onscreen/vocal renditions and they all do it with great sync making their performances as one of the key assets of the movie.
Final Verdict: –
As mentioned before, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation is solely for kids. Though even the youths can have fun watching the film, they will definitely not appreciate its lack of depth and poor utilization of its potentially matured content. It can still be a fun watch albeit for just a single venture for movie lovers as well as the fans of the series and all you need to have is low expectations from it.