Hotel Transylvania 2

 
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Release date: Sept. 25, 2015

Directed by: Genndy Tartakovsky

Starring: Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, Steve Buscemi, David Spade, Keegan-Michael Key, Asher Blinkoff, Mel Brooks, Dana Carvey

Budget: $80 million

Box office: $473.2 million

Seven years later, Johnny and Mavis are married with a child on the way. After the baby is born, Dracula worries his grandchild might not be a vampire.

As a follow-up to the film before it, Hotel Transylvania 2 had another chance to tell an interesting story that turned classic monster tropes on their heads. What audiences were given completely failed to deliver.

The story takes the interesting concept of Dracula having a grandchild and does hardly anything with it. Rather, it uses the relationship between him and the child for nothing more than wacky hijinks and instead focuses once again on his relationship with Mavis. It feels as if the development his character made in the first film was completely removed in favor of continuing to try and find ways to keep her at the hotel. Additionally, the entire final act of the film is a total rehash of the first, only boring and rushed, unable to even be salvaged by the great Mel Brooks.

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Further, Dracula wasn’t the only one whose character retained nearly every flaw from the first film without keeping any of the redeemable aspects. Johnny’s childlike wonder and fascination with monsters actually being real takes a back seat to his moronic nature. Granted, he wasn’t the smartest person in the first film, but he did have a few good qualities. Here, he turns into even more of an unlikeable simpleton. Moreover, Mavis’ character took what appears to be the biggest nosedive. Originally, she exhibited a responsible nature as a foil to both Johnny’s lack of smarts and her father’s overprotectiveness. In this film, Mavis becomes just as irresponsible as Johnny, despite the filmmakers trying to make her the responsible one between her, her husband and her father. The rift between her words and her actions is either the writers doing an awful job to unnaturally turn her into a hypocrite or the biggest reason why “show, don’t tell” is good advice.

Barely any of the humor in this film is any good too.Some jokes land decently, though a majority of them are poorly recycled from the first film, just aren’t funny, or are mean-spirited and don’t fit into the film’s overall tone. There’s one moment where an attempt at comedy as made and the film languishes on the punchline as if it’s trying to force a chuckle from the viewer. The joke is bad, the beat worsens it and whatever semblance of pacing the film had continues to diminish.

Sitting through this film feels like punishment for enjoying its predecessor. It’s vastly inferior and only worth watching once for very specific moments which can easily be found in the trailers.

Awards

Won

Kids’ Choice Awards, USA - Blimp Awards

  • Favorite Animated Movie

Nominated

Outstanding Achievement in Animated Effects in an Animated Production

  • Outstanding Achievement in Character Design in an Animated Feature Production

  • Outstanding Achievement in Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production

Behind the Voice Actors Award

  • Best Male Vocal Performance in a Feature Film in a Supporting Role (Mel Brooks, as the voice of “Vlad”)

Kids’ Choice Awards, USA - Blimp Awards

  • Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie (Selena Gomez)

Motion Picture Sound Editors, USA - Golden Reel Awards

  • Best Sound Editing - Sound Effects, Foley, Dialogue and ADR in an Animated Feature Film

People’s Choice Awards, USA

  • Favorite Family Movie

Teen Choice Awards

  • Choice Music: Song from a Movie or TV Show (For the song “I’m in Love with a Monster”)

Visual Effects Society Awards

  • Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature