BY ASHLEY KOWALEWSKI
Love Adam Sandler’s quirky voices? Then Hotel Transylvania is totally up your alley. I have to say, going into the theatre to see this movie I didn’t think it was going to be that great. While I am a fairly big Adam Sandler fan, his movies over the past few years just haven’t been the greatest and I wasn’t sure this one was going to be much better. Man, was I ever wrong.
In addition to having a huge cast (Steve Buscemi, Kevin James, CeeLo Green, Fran Drescher, Molly Shannon, and David Spade, just to name a few), this movie was adorable and hilarious. I’m the kind of Fille who is always down for a funny animated flick — as much as I’m an action-and-gore aficionado, I’m a total kid at heart — so I was going to go see this regardless of Adam Sandler’s recent subpar movies, I just didn’t think it would be that good.
To give you a bit of a background, Adam Sandler plays Dracula (complete with Transylvanian accent!). Dracula’s wife was killed by some vampire hunters when his daughter was just a baby vamp. He built the Hotel Transylvania as a way of letting all otherworldly beings — including Frankenstein, the Invisible Man, the Mummy and the Blob — have a nice vacation, without the fear of being chased after with pitchforks. Fast forward to the 21st century and Dracula’s daughter, Mavis (Selena Gomez), is celebrating her 118th birthday. Everyone is coming to celebrate, including a 21-year-old human (Andy Samberg), who happens to stumble upon the hotel and wants to stay.
While Mavis is ready to spread her little batty wings and explore the world, as teenage vampires have the tendency to do, Drac is willing to stop at nothing to keep his baby vamp safe away from vampire hunters and aimlessly backpacking human boys with possibly not-so-good intentions. (Apparently dads of all species of beings — humans and the otherwise deceased — are the same when it comes to boys.)
This movie is chalk-full of every possible ghost, ghoul and monster you can imagine and is really not just another Adam Sandler flop or yet another vampire movie (this mini love story actually has some substance). And as with most animated flicks these days, the parentals, twentysomethings and teenagers will appreciate the subtly adult humour.
Give it a shot, and I promise you won’t be disappointed with this one.
Ashley Kowalewski is an editorial assistant and freelance writer based in Toronto. She has enough nail polish to last a lifetime, reads too much for her own good, and is hopelessly in love with Matt Damon (and his bad movies, too). Follow her @AshKowalewski.