A Summer's Monster Vacation
“Count Dracula and company participate in a cruise for sea-loving monsters, unaware that their boat is being commandeered by the monster-hating Van Helsing family.” – IMDb.
The movie’s protagonists are Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, Fran Drescher, Steve Buscemi, Molly Shannon, and David Spade.
The movie was directed by Genndy Tartakovsky and written by Michael McCullers and Genndy Tartakovsky.
This movie is great for kids who just want to spend time laughing or with their parents. I think only kids ages four to ten should watch it, because I feel this will make older kids bored and tired.
I’ve watched the entire trilogy and I enjoyed the first two movies, but this one… just made me laugh one time, and that was it.
I must say that I was actually expecting this movie to be really funny and great to pass the time—but while watching it I felt like it was six hours instead of an hour and a half.
Now, I did like the movie, but I just thought it was bland and such. It is a good movie to pass the time, but I wouldn’t recommend it to watch with the entire family.
However, if you do have younger siblings or cousins, you could watch it with them but will not enjoy it as much as they will.
Why? Because the humor isn’t exactly funny for teenagers, adults, or grandparents. It’s made for kids, so they can say, “I watched Hotel Transylvania 3! It was soo cool!”
At that age, it’s honestly like that. Little kids just want to say that they watched the movie and that’s it—because they want to tell their friends about it.
Hotel Transylvania 3 follows the first two movies (Hotel Transylvania and Hotel Transylvania 2), and the plot plants the message that Dracula wants to find somebody to date because he’s just… lonely.
Mavis thinks her father is just too stressed, so she books the whole gang a trip in a cruise… and quoting her, “You have to take a vacation from planning other people’s vacations,” and she was right.
Hey, he probably hasn’t taken a break since 200 billion years ago!
So, when they get to the cruise Denis reveals the audience that he has brought his huge dog pet with him to the cruise—even if the guidelines strictly state that no pets were allowed on deck.
And he still does it, without no one noticing he slipped his giant dog to the deck.
Why? Oh my gosh, because he dresses him up in an outfit and calls him Bob!
So, when the receptionist asks what’s his name, Denis says, “Say hi, Bob!” And Bob does something stupidly… and answers, “Hi, Bob!”
Well, he doesn’t exactly know that’s his NEW NAME, does he? He’s a pet! A dog!
Really smart, Denis. Really smart…
Then we get to the part where Dracula falls in love with a member of the monster-hating, I-Despise-Monsters-So-So-Much-Because-I-Don’t-Know, Van Helsing family. Romeo and Juliet much? Sounds familiar?
She tries to kill him… literally. She pours garlic oil to a guacamole when he (finally) asks her on a date. And you know what happened? He farted.
At that moment, I knew he was going to end up dating her and getting married to her. News flash! He did (he proposed at the end LOL).
And then all we see is them getting to Atlantis (amazing animation on this part, I tell ya) and Drac decides to date Ericka (the member of the Van Helsing family) properly.
And that makes him save his life while she tries to steal a deadly weapon that will destroy all monsters if played.
And here it goes… the only scene that made me laugh…
THEY DANCE THE MACARENA!
Yup. As lame as it sounds, they do. Why? Because Drac’s “Oh-I’m-Going-To-Kill-You-And-Whatever-Else” archnemesis since 100 years ago (still alive but looks more like a disintegrated robot full of domestic appliances) decided to show up and play the deadly tune that will kill monsters for once and for all!
And so, the Kraken started destroying Atlantis… yup. The Kraken was nice at first and now is controlled by the “deadly” tune.
UNTIL JOHNNY (Mavis’s husband) PLAYS THE MACARENA!
And everyone is nice and happy and dances in a weird way—until Van Helsing falls off the cliff and Ericka comes and saves him… bringing Drac with them.
At the end, Drac forgives Van Helsing and decides to date Ericka!
So, the ending is happy… obviously.
So, Drac proposes to Ericka and she says YES!
Now, on to my review…
The plot was predictable, and the screenwriters could’ve honestly done a better job. And the animation… ooh the animation was wonderful. It was different than the first two movies but nice nonetheless.
The actors are great, but I didn’t see all of their potential in this movie… it was just too, like Drac would’ve said, blah blah blah!
I give it 5/10.
Yup. You read that right!
It’s just too predictable, you know Drac’s gonna end up with the girl because the subplot’s basically, “Forbidden Love/Romeo and Juliet plus a whole gang of monsters!”
I think it is a good movie for kids but not for adults and teens. It will probably make them bored and want to leave the movie theater.
It was a good movie to pass the time and I admit I am disappointed with the ginormous plot holes the movie carries.
(a) It’s just WAY too predictable.
(b) Ericka and Drac… the worst love story it snatches Twilight’s title immediately!
(c) The screenwriters honestly have absolutely no idea what it is for a teenager to watch a movie and feel like she wants to demolish the entire bloody theater because the cringy-ness the “romantic couple” (Ericka and Drac) brought too her eyes.
(d) Just… cringy. You’ll cringe the entire time.
(e) OK to pass the time and watch some heartwarming family scenes (Mavis, Johnny, and Dennis I’m look at ya!).
(f) Watch it on a rainy afternoon… it’ll be better I promise.
I hope you guys see this movie with your family and enjoy a few cute scenes with them… and IGNORE THE SUBPLOT!
Until the next time, my readers!
Have a great month, my lovely readers! 😊
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