A five-star monster hotel

Courtnie D. 

Staff Writer                                                                

The new animated film Hotel Transylvania is a heartwarming, funny, family movie that is sure to be a classic. Filled with exceptional humor and lessons, not to mention an all-star cast, Hotel Transylvania is a movie that will meet everyone’s expectations. Just because Halloween is over does not mean the holiday has to end; viewers should “treat” themselves to Hotel Transylvania.

Hotel Transylvania has many twists and turns throughout the movie. Dracula (Adam Sandler) has given up his blood-sucking days to become an owner of a lavish five-star hotel for monsters. After his wife, Martha (Jackie Sandler), was killed by humans, Dracula decided to open up the hotel in order to protect his daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez) from the humans. Following the death of Dracula’s wife, there is zero tolerance for humans to stay at the hotel, so monsters are free to have a relaxing vacation without any humans to bother them. One weekend Dracula decides to invite the top monsters in the world such as Frankenstein and his bride (Kevin James and Fran Drescher), a mummy (Cee Lo Green), an invisible man (David Spade), and many more, to the hotel to help him celebrate his daughter Mavis’s 18th birthday.

 The one gift Mavis wants most for her birthday is freedom from her father, but freedom means her leaving the hotel, and Dracula is not ready for his little girl to grow up. Meanwhile, a human named Jonathan (Andy Samberg) was wandering across the forest surrounding the hotel and followed some of the workers to the hotel. Jonathan goes into the hotel and notices that those inside are not people; they are monsters. Jonathan runs into Dracula, who right away knows that Jonathan is a human. Dracula realizes he has to dress Jonathan up as a monster instead of kicking him out, as Dracula does not want Jonathan to go tell his human friends about the hotel. Soon, all the workers at the hotel, including Mavis, find out that Jonathan really is a human and promise Dracula that they will keep the secret from the hotel guests. Jonathan manages to liven up the activities at the hotel, charming everyone, especially Mavis. Dracula begins to like Jonathan until he realizes that Mavis is starting to like Jonathan; then Dracula decides he has to do everything he can to make sure his daughter does not fall in love with a human.

Filled with many famous actors and singers, this cast is not going to be forgotten. Adam Sandler, who has starred in movies such as Jack and Jill, Grown Ups, and Just Go with It, is one of the reasons many older viewers are drawn to the movie. ”Our version of Dracula is a loving, overprotective dad, which was perfect for Adam being a father of two girls,” says Genndy Tartakovsky, director of Hotel Transylvania. ”He could really exaggerate all his parenting experiences into Dracula’s performance, making him a really funny character.” Adam’s wife, Jackie Sandler, and his daughter, Sadie, voice of Mavis as a young girl, were also in the movie, which appeals to the family side of viewers.

Hotel Transylvania has made different impressions on its viewers. On opening weekend, September 28- 30, the movie’s income was $42,522,194, marketing the biggest recent film debut since The Dark Night Rises in July. “Yes, it’s the old protective-daddy-and-restless-daughter plot. For the first half of the film, amusing monster humor keeps things interesting; some monsters, it turns out, are better at party games than others. The movie loses its originality as it rolls toward its predictable conclusion, but it’s still lovely to look at,” said Neil Genzlinger from The New York Times . “The dialogue, in contrast, is exceedingly dry — not surprising, given the pedigree of Hotel’s writers,” added Betsy Sharkey from The Los Angeles Times. WHS sophomore Reanna Kennedy said she was excited to see the movie with her family and she thought it was a great movie.

Finally, this movie is filled with many life lessons for kids and their parents. Dracula and Mavis’ relationship as father and daughter will teach parents that they should be close with their kids in an effort to encourage children to be able to tell them things that they cannot trust anyone else with. Another lesson is that parents should not smother their children. Parents should not let their kids do whatever they want no matter what, but they can let them do something with their friends so the children will know that their parents trust them.

Hotel Transylvania has made many records since it came into theaters. The film cast makes this movie appeal to younger and older viewers alike, which makes it a great family movie. This movie has an astounding cast that has brought many viewers to see it.

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