Movie Review: Hotel Transylvania

Many teens can identify with the dream of metaphorically spreading his/her wings and fly away from home, for Mavis, the dream is more literal. When she leaves home, it will be by the wings of a bat. Mavis is actually Mavis Dracula, daughter of the Dracula. She’s 118 years old and ready to see the world, but her over-protective father isn’t ready. After a life-altering encounter with monstrous humans, Dracula sets out to build a haven for those we humans consider to be monsters: Frankenstein, the Mummy, the Werewolf, the Invisible Man, etc.

He builds Hotel Transylvania in an effort to cater to those who have to live their lives in the shadows. It becomes a world-renowned resort, free of humans year ’round. That is until a young man traveling across Europe stumbles across the hidden resort. Jonathan hears about the castle from locals and decides to investigate. Of course Dracula can’t let it be known that a human is within the walls of the resort so Jonathan becomes Johnny-stein, a distant cousin of Frankenstein’s right arm.

Naturally Jonathan and Mavis meet and “zing”, but Dracula doesn’t want his baby to leave, so like any over-protective father, he interferes in their budding relationship. In the end, though, Dracula relents, but not before much hilarity ensues.

This is a story released by Sony Animation and is definitely for kids and the kids-at-heart. Adam Sandler voices Dracula, with Selena Gomez voicing Mavis, Andy Samburg voicing Jonathan, Kevin James voicing Frankenstein, Fran Drescher voicing Frankestein’s wife Eunice, Steve Buscemi as the Werewolf (Wayne), David Spade as The Invisible Man and CeeLo Green as Murray (the Mummy).

I would also like to point out that as someone who has recently read both The Invisible Man and Dracula this summer, I was pleased to see that some of the names were accurate.