Welcome to Hotel Transylvania, such a lovely place (such a lovely face), there’s plenty of room at Hotel Transylvania, any time of year, you can find monsters here.
The premise: Dracula’s (Adam Sandler) lavish five-star resort is a place where monsters and their families can live it up without humans bothering them. On one special weekend, Dracula invites some of the world’s most famous monsters — Frankenstein and his bride, the Mummy, the Invisible Man, a family of werewolves, and more — to celebrate his daughter Mavis’ 118th birthday. For Drac, catering to all of these legendary monsters is no problem, but his world comes crashing down when one ordinary guy (Andy Samberg) stumbles upon the hotel and takes a liking to Mavis (Selena Gomez).
What we loved: Most adults will be familiar with the recognizable and classic Sandler Dracula voice (originated back in his Saturday Night Live days). I was worried his schtick would get annoying but it was actually fine. You can tell Sandler and Samberg had a riot making this flick. I need to give a shout-out to some other super hilarious characters: Kevin James as Frankenstein, Steve Buscemi as the head of a wolf pack family and David Spade as the invisible man. But my favourite part is the rockin’ tune that Sandler, Samberg and Gomez launched into at the end.
Parental advisory: The loveable Dracula seems to be concealing some rage issues that come out in occasionally scary outbursts — which even gave me a bit of a fright. Oh, and keep in mind, it’s a hotel full of monsters and weird things so don’t take your “scaredy-cat” kids to this movie.
Canadian rating: PG — some scary scenes, cartoon/animation action