Movie Name: “Hotel Transylvania 2”
Release Date: 25th of September 2015
Release: Theatrical Release
Horror Subgenre: Horror/Animation
Dracula and his friends try to bring out the monster in his half human, half vampire grandson in order to keep Mavis from leaving the hotel.
At first glance, a review to a children’s animated film on a Horror genre news site appears unorthodox. However, when the animated film in question includes a cast of frightful creatures, therein lies the exception. “Hotel Transylvania 2” may not provide gore or scares but it includes a cast of; kid friendly classic monsters, cryptozoological creatures and unique monster concepts. Although primarily targeting a young demographic “Hotel Transylvania 2” encapsulates powerful social issues within its ninety minute duration. In the 2012 release “Hotel Transylvania”, the underlying message were the tribulations between old and modern beliefs on interracial marriage. The topic of interracial relationships along with the voice over cast repeats it presence in“Hotel Transylvania 2”.
Writers Adam Sandler and Robert Smigel utilize a kid friend medium to present the classic “Romeo and Juliet” concept once again. The writers utilize fictional monsters and humans characters as an analogy for any combined number of today’s social classes. Interwoven with the comedic plot of “Hotel Transylvania 2”, lies the problems most married couples/ parents (with different social classes, race or religion) face when raising their child. What beliefs will the child be raised under? What environment will the child be raised with? What determines the best interest of the child? The plot in the film, “Hotel Transylvania 2” basically raises the age old question; “Is the grass greener on the other side?”
“Hotel Transylvania 2” Film Analysis:
The wedding between Dracula’s daughter, Mavis (voiced by Selena Gomez) with human lover Jonathan (Voiced by Andy Samberg) occurs within the first few minutes of the film. Gags and jokes are casually presented to soften the cultural indifference experienced between humans and monsters. If this were a live action film and the ethnicities represented were Jews and Muslims the wedding scene would garner criticism instead of laughs.
A series of events transpire immediately thereafter. Presented in brief time jumps sequences are; Mavis’ pregnancy a year after her marriage, the birth of her human son, Dennis (voiced by Asher Blinkoff ) and the birthday celebrations of Dennis. The conflict begins when Dennis nears his fifth birthday, he hasn’t developed fangs and his fifth birthday marks the final opportunity for this vampiric puberty to occur.
Seeking the the best interest of her child, Mavis is looking to relocate from the environment of ghouls and creatures to her husband, Jonathan’s human lifestyle. Mavis embarks on the comparison by visiting Jonathan’s hometown. The definitive circumstance however boils down to whether Dennis develops his fangs or not. While Mavis is away, Dracula (voiced by Adam Sandler) incites more harm than good in his attempt on channeling his grandson, Dennis inner monster.
Columbia Pictures produced the film in conjunction with LStar Capital, Sony Pictures Animation, Sony Pictures Digital and Sony Pictures Imageworks (SPI). Being the major contributor to the film, Sony took it upon themselves to have branded product placement advertised within the film, “Hotel Transylvania 2”. It became annoying to see laptops, and mobile phones bearing the Sony brand constantly on screen.
The ending to “Hotel Transylvania 2” was predictable, terribly formulated and constituted a hypocrite dimension. Most may overlook the devious undertone to the ending of “Hotel Transylvania 2” and accept the circumstance as a cheerful conclusion. In fact, there wasn’t anything worth celebrating as one social class gains advantage over another under obvious pretext. Although, the social commentary was admirably explored and crafted throughout the film “Hotel Transylvania 2” the ending failed in its attempt on presenting a believable solution.
Comedy gags were aplenty and does well in masking sensitive social issues . “Hotel Transylvania 2” successfully amasses laughter from both parents and children alike. The musical numbers were minimal but when introduced one can’t help but engage with the song in some fashion.