Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation is charming and affable, with various sly touches that’d appeal to older audiences too.
Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation Synopsis
Believing her father i.e. Dracula is overworked, Mavis arranges a cruise vacation for the entire Hotel Transylvania gang. She is completely clueless that Dracula’s real problem is that he’s feeling lonesome. During the cruise, Dracula falls head over heels in love with the mysterious Ericka, captain and cruise director of the vacation. However, love does not go as smoothly as Dracula hopes, as Ericka is none other than the great-granddaughter of Abraham Van Helsing, Dracula’s longtime arch-nemesis. Together with her aged great-grandfather, Ericka schemes for all the monsters to be destroyed for good. Not even the power of true love might be able to stop her.
Though I never became a big fan of either, I enjoyed the previous two Hotel Transylvania movies. While lacking memorable moments and poignant developments that tug at the heartstrings, both were easy to like. In short, they were as they looked. Gorgeous animation meant for an hour-and-a-half of laughs and easy going entertainment. Little else in terms of story or plot.
The same could be said about Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, though for this latest entry, it’s obvious the producers have taken significant steps to up their game. Apart from an incredibly eclectic soundtrack, some moments of which are reminiscent of big budget fantasy sagas, a crafty observation flows beneath the main story. One that impeccably humanizes the monsters and makes them oh-so-relatable for even older audiences.
Trite as it might sound, Drac’s main story also reflects still-prevalent family dynamics and trends. Thorny issues such as race and age, and generation expectations. None of these, take note, is ever portrayed in a heavy-handed way, the comic ambience is never ditched throughout the whole run. For me, this doubled the fun of watching. This movie is irresistibly perfect for a family’s movie night-out.
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