Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (Movie Review)

Genndy Tartakovsky has outdone himself yet again with another one of his unique, animated creations. Though we should not expect any less from the one responsible for such works such as Sym-Bionic Titan, the producer-director aims to please yet again with the newest installation of the Hotel Transylvania franchise, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, which arrived in theaters on Friday, July 13, 2018, thanks to Sony Pictures Animation.

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Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation follows beloved character Dracula (Adam Sandler: The Wedding Singer 1998, Little Nicky 2000) and his previous hotel business from the last film, and delves into his private life, which is still partially empty due to lack of love and companionship.

Meanwhile, Mavis (Selena Gomez: Hotel Transylvania 2012, Spring Breakers 2012) wants nothing but happiness and the best for her father, so she decides to invite him and the rest of the monster crew on a monster cruise. Initially hesitant, her father soon starts to let go and enjoy himself. He eventually finds a potential love interest, Ericka (Kathryn Hahn: Transparent series, Bad Moms 2016), though all is not as it seems as there is something brewing on the ship that will put the lives of everyone, including the monster gang, in jeopardy.

As usual, Adam Sandler as Dracula stands out as one of the best characters in the film. He is a character that represents the changes that he has gone though as a person over the course of the last few films, and the fact that he embraces both humans and monsters in the same light is always a good message to share with kids and adults, no matter their age.

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You cannot help but also love the tenderness and affection that he shares with his daughter throughout the film, as it shows a side of the character that is a single father that very much loves his daughter and will do anything he can to protect her and make her happy. Selena Gomez also continues to be a great and natural stage presence in the film, as Mavis. Both father and daughter seem to make a really great connection that helps to illustrate and strengthen the bond between the two characters.

Other actors in the film that shine – such as Kevin James (Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2009, Pixels 2015) as Frankenstein – really capture the nature of his funny and boggled character, a friend to Dracula who is sure to bring some laughs due to James’ vocal performance and choice of character overall. Steve Buscemi (Reservoir Dogs 1992, Fargo 1996), as always, has been impressive as his character Wayne or the Wolfman; showcasing lighthearted family comedy that wonderfully depicts what it is to have a huge family and what it means to be a parent in such a situation.

Furthermore, actors like Kathryn Hahn, as Ericka, and Jim Gaffigan (The Jim Gaffigan Show series, Chappaquiddick 2017), as Abraham Van Helsing, bring some meat and depth into the film, making it worth spending the money and time spent to watch. Lastly, David Spade (Tommy Boy 1995, The Emperor’s New Groove 2000) breaks out once again as one of his best characters in an animated film, with a unique sense of child humor that really grabs the audience well.

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Overall, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation is a fantastic and entertaining film that is unique in animation, humor, and authenticity. How the wonderful cast bring this film to life is part of the reason why it stands out above other animated films to date, creating a worthwhile offering that is sure to be a joy for all ages. While this is not the best of Genndy Tartakovsky, in terms of other fantastic, original offerings such as Clone WarsSamurai Jack and Dexter’s Laboratory, this should not make audiences not see the film.

Most of all, the heartfelt and extremely important message for today’s political climate – to see people for the content of their character rather than their looks – makes this a film that every family should see and take in on a mental level. For these reasons, CrypticRock gives Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation 4.5 out of 5 stars.

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