Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation
Time to review another summer animated film! I’m not a super big fan of the first two films. The trailer for this film looked funny. I liked the idea of the film; moving away from the hotel to go on to a cruise ship where Count Dracula finds love. I mean it seemed like a fun trip, something that’s ideal for a summer animation. While I cannot remember the contents of the previous two films very well I feel like this film pales in comparison to the first.
Count Dracula is lonely and wants to find his “zing”, the love of his life. His daughter Mavis, arranges for her father and his friends to go on a monster cruise to enjoy themselves. While on there he immediately falls head over heels for the captain of the ship. She just so happens to be a descendant of Abraham Van Helsing, a vampire hunter and arch nemesis of Dracula. She attempts to get revenge on the Count despite him being oblivious to her attempts.
The animation and music in this film are on point. All three films have always had sharp animation, quick humor and eye catching changes at every moment. Its going to please the younger audiences, as it should. That’s the thing with this film, I feel like its more designed for the youth and not smart or witty enough to be enjoyed by adults. Some animated films (usually Pixar films) can manage that balance of audiences. I also feel like the laughs in the film are too sparse and there are passages in the middle that do drag the film.
This third installment also has all the best moments of the film in the trailer. There are adorable characters and moments and its funny sporadically but it just doesn’t add anything substantial to a trilogy. To be fair though, this is a trilogy that didn’t exactly need to be a trilogy but there we have it. It will rivet the younger audience but for me it disappoints more so than entertains.