Hotel Transylvania 2 continued the story of the gang led by Dracula whose mission is to bring out the monster in his half human, half vampire grandson fearing that Dennis might not become the monster he wanted Dracula to be and of course to keep Mavis from leaving the hotel as she is concerned about the safety and well being of her son.
My expectation for this movie was too high considering the fact that the first movie was very successful as it brought hilarity with honest and heartfelt plot. The sequel however felt really cramped with so much attempt to make it look really funny… there are hits and misses again with the brand of slapstick comedy but the side characters for me were the ones who brought in the gags to make it enjoyable.
The plot seemed very simple and predictable and the filmmakers didn’t give enough room to tell the story to be more appealingly. The last fifteen minutes or so was the only time that my interest sparked back as this was the time when they introduced Dennis great grandfather, Vlad and gave spice to the flick but still didn’t do much to save what could have been a good movie. On the other side of the coin, though how simple the plot is, the movie in general still didn’t forget about what the first movie had, its sincerity and heart that can easily be felt by the moviegoers. Also, a lot of teachings can be picked up in this movie. One will be Acceptance as evident by the fact that humans accepted monsters and vice versa. Second connects to the French proverb “Rome wasn’t built in a day” meaning Patience. Third is Change. I will not go into details but when you see the movie, you know what I mean.
As for the cast who voiced the characters, I think they still did a good job voicing over since the first movie and their voices really suits the characters and complimented each other so well. I just think that Adam Sandler is only good with voicing over rather than making live action movies. The animation was neatly done and they still captured the tone and mood of the first movie but I hate the product placements of Sony products in the movie.
All in all, I will give the movie 3 out of 5 stars.
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