Hotel Transylvania 2 Film Review

Film Review by Jon E Clist

The Premise
The Drac pack is back for an all-new monster comedy adventure in Sony Pictures Animation's Hotel Transylvania 2! Everything seems to be changing for the better at Hotel Transylvania... Dracula's rigid monster-only hotel policy has finally relaxed, opening up its doors to human guests. But behind closed coffins, Drac is worried that his adorable half-human, half-vampire grandson, Dennis, isn't showing signs of being a vampire. So while Mavis is busy visiting her human in-laws with Johnny - and in for a major cultural shock of her own - "Vampa" Drac enlists his friends Frank, Murray, Wayne and Griffin to put Dennis through a "monster-in-training" boot camp. But little do they know that Drac's grumpy and very old, old, old school dad Vlad is about to pay a family visit to the hotel. And when Vlad finds out that his great-grandson is not a pure blood - and humans are now welcome at Hotel Transylvania - things are going to get batty!

The Review
Okay so it seems to be the general consensus that Adam Sandler is a little off his game these days and his films are getting a somewhat smaller target market as the previous target market has grown up. That was until the release of the kids film Hotel Transylvania. I guess this works well as Sandler probably appeals to kids due to his use of silly voices and fart jokes. This was a wonderful success for kids and adults alike and so as the sequel comes out, it is one of those moments when considering taking the kids out to a film could actually be a fun time.

Yes, the team of usual suspects is back and as funny as ever. Well when I say the team is back, all except Cee-Lo Green who has his own monster of an issue at the moment due to some court time, and we’re not talking basketball or tennis. Regardless of Green being gone, the core characters are all back in this new tale and then there are a few new ones in the mix. For the first time we get to experience Vlad “Drac’s Father” and the original Dracula. Mel Brooks brings the voice of "Vlad", and he comes from a bit of an experience of working with Dracula characters as he directed the 1995 comedy "Dracula: Dead and Loving It". Talk about bringing in the big guys of comedy to add even more weight to this spectacular cast. Then you add in two more characters in the form of Jonathan’s parents are voiced by real-life husband and wife, Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally. Offerman and Mullally are by far one of the funniest couples in the history of television and cinema. Here is no exception, add in Andy Samberg as the voice of their son and you have a very weird yet funny family.

Yet in general you can see so many connections between Sandler and the rest of the cast, so you can see that it is kind of a bit of the usual suspects. Not sure if it is a case of wanting to keep working with mates or whether the film makers have looked at the various pairings from previous films to see what works. I guess it could also be conincidence. For example, this is the tenth feature film or television series that Adam Sandler and Kevin James have appeared together in and the second time in 2015 alone. This also marks the fourth collaboration of Adam Sandler and Dana Carvey after Little Nicky, The Master of Disguise, and Jack and Jill. At the end of the day, this is a very funny film that is rather enjoyable to watch and the kids will love it.

The Verdict
Another solid family fun time at the movies to be had.

The Trailer

The Info
Releases: 26th November 2015
Rating: PG – Contains violence and scary scenes
Duration: 89 minutes 
Genre:  Animation
Starring: Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, David Spade, Fran Drescher Andy Samberg, Steve Buscemi, Molly Shannon & Mel Brooks
Director: Genndy Tartakovsky (Hotel Transylvania)

The Extras
Fifth Harmony recorded the lead single off the soundtrack called "I'm In Love With a Monster"

Adam Sandler's first animated sequel.

Jonathan and Mavis go to Santa Cruz, CA to live with humans, the real life location that Lost Boys (a vampire movie) was filmed.

Rob Riggle's character Bela is in reference to Dracula/Frankenstein actor Bela Lugosi.

Special screenings aired in theaters in Jacksonville, FL under the working tittle 'Perfect'.

This marks Genndy Tartakovsky's first animated sequel.

This is the 4th animated movie Kevin James worked on after Monster House, Barnyard; both back in 2006, and it's previous film, Hotel Transylvania.