Hotel Transylvania 2


Action / Adventure / Animation / Comedy / Family / Fantasy / Horror

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten55%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright63%
IMDb Rating6.610126964


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Adam Sandler Photo
Adam Sandler as Dracula
Selena Gomez Photo
Selena Gomez as Mavis
Andy Samberg Photo
Andy Samberg as Jonathan
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1.36 GB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 29 min
P/S 3 / 1
661.1 MB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 29 min
P/S 9 / 35
1.36 GB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 29 min
P/S 11 / 55

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by breakdownthatfilm-blogspot-com7 / 10

Still a fun entry but is slightly tainted

For cartoons, Genndy Tartakovsky has had his hands in and on a lot of peoples' favorite shows. There's something about Tartakovsky's vision of cartoons that breathes life into every movement that is made by them. Tartakovsky made his directorial debut with Hotel Transylvania (2012) and although it was not universally renowned, made people found it to be a fun family movie with a well-developed story, energetic animation and colorful characters. Plus even though it dealt with Halloween related characters, the idea wasn't to scare but make light of the characters and the lore of which they originated from. Here we are with its sequel and although it does keep several elements from the original the same, some things have changed and other parts should have changed. Thankfully, this sequel isn't brought down a whole lot, but it is enough to notice the differences in what should've been focused on more.

The story to this installment revolves around Dracula (Adam Sandler) trying to bring out the inner vampire of his hybrid grandson Dennis (Asher Blinkoff) brought upon by newly wedded couple/parents Mavis (Selena Gomez) and Jonathan (Andy Samberg). The reason for this is fearing that if their son has no vampire blood flowing in him anywhere, Mavis would end up leaving the hotel for good. Although the premise isn't as obvious, unfortunately the execution ends up feeling very similar to that of the first (plot wise). Dracula claims he is more open minded now but still clings to his past and tries to hide his true ambitions. In some respects, this particular play out moots the point of the first film altogether. Once Drac accepted Jonathan into his world, he should've been prepared for what came after. It just makes it feel like he didn't learn from before. The writing group for this entry shrunk in size. For the first film, five writers were involved. Here only two were, of which only one of them were from the original five.

The one from the original five was Robert Smigel, a writer for multiple Saturday Night Live episodes. The other writer credited for this film was Adam Sandler and unfortunately it shows too. How? Two words, potty humor. Yes, and it sticks out like a soar thumb. Hotel Transylvania (2012) did have some silly moments but none of the comedy required potty humor. That's not to say all of the scenes don't work, but there are scenes where experienced viewers will be able to point out the scenes that Adam Sandler had wrote in. It's just not necessary. Of all problems with this and a familiar plot, that's it. For the moments that don't included immature humor, the rest of the comedy bits are new and contemporary, which is having the characters play off of their own flaws and personalities or trying to have them figure out social media. Drac can't seem to understand that to use a touch screen, you can't have long fingernails. He'll get it I'm sure.

There's also new character additions to the cast, which is great although sometimes it can sink a film if it becomes over saturated. All the original characters voiced by Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, Andy Samberg, Kevin James, David Spade and Steve Buscemi all sound exactly as they should and still play off one another well. Even Keegan-Michael Key who replaces CeeLo Green as Murray from the first film practically sounds the same too. Some of the new voice actors to jump on board or receive more attention are Sadie Sandler as Winnie (one of Wayne's children),Jon Lovitz as a "phantom of the opera" type character and the comedy guru himself, Mel Brooks playing Vlad, Dracula's father. It really is nice to see a bunch of new and old voice actors work together though. Plus, a star talent like Brooks isn't wasted either. His appearance isn't as long as everyone else's roles but he comes in at the best time.

Again since this production was headed by Tartakovsky, the animation and character designs are nothing but great. The character designs are all unique and have intricate texture detailing. Alan Hawkins who worked as an animator for the first film serves a senior animation supervisor for this entry. Considering his past work being on projects like Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (2009) and Arthur Christmas (2011),Hawkins feels like a great collaborator for Tartakovsky's vision. The film score produced by Devo member Mark Mothersbaugh continues his usual work but again fails to provide his listeners with an actual soundtrack for download. The score itself matches the scenes well and portrays the right emotion but it's weird that Mothersbaugh can provide a score for Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (2009) or The Lego Movie (2014) but can't for these films. Why so selective in distribution?

It's not a huge step down from the original but it is noticeable. The sequel does maintain all the character relations and chemistry while adding in new ones like Drac's father voiced by Mel Brooks. It also keeps the same great animation and music. Unfortunately although the premise feels new, the execution is very much parallel to the first film in some ways. Plus with Adam Sandler now active in writing the script, some his childish annoying potty humor got in the recipe as well and it's obvious as all get out.

Reviewed by TheLittleSongbird7 / 10

Inferior to the first film, to me though it was much better than expected

The first 'Hotel Transylvania' was surprisingly good, after expecting to dislike it. The sequel has garnered mixed reviews, though a fair few of them have been negative, some thought it was great fun while others disliked it intensely.

With me, my opinion is in the former camp. It is less than perfect, could have been much better and is inferior to the first film, but it was much better than expected and was quite enjoyable.

Starting with the many good points, the animation is great, vibrantly colourful, vivid, never blocky and meticulously detailed. The character designs, which this reviewer noticed were debits for some people for some people (a few of them deeming them as the ugliest of any animated film in the first, this reviewer personally has seen far worse),are improved here. The soundtrack is very catchy and fits very well.

Dialogue is witty and hilarious, avoiding going into distaste and immaturity. And the gags hit more than they miss, coming by thick and fast, the highlights being the enormous tears, the slow getaway and the alternative lullaby. Despite the message being slightly vague, it does give the film some heart and charm. There is also a surprisingly tender moment with Drac flying together with Mavis.

'Hotel Transylvania 2's' story is paper-thin and somewhat of a predictable rehash admittedly, but there is still a lot going on that stops it from being dull. Drac is a hugely entertaining main character, and Adam Sandler gives one of his better performances to me since 'Reign Over Me'. The voice work generally is solid, the other standouts being Kevin James (also giving one of his funnier performances of late),Mel Brooks and the ever dependable Steve Buscemi. Most of the characters are nicely done, with the exceptions of one-dimensional Jonathan and annoying Mavis.

On the other hand, there are some major debits here. The biggest problem is the rather disastrous last act, which is a cop out and brings down 'Hotel Transylvania 2' more than one notch. It is also contradictory (the message that is),feels like a completely different film, it tries to do far too much making it very bloated and it was really pointless making Dennis a vampire.

Jonathan and Mavis are barely developed and are more annoying than engaging, Andy Samburg and Selena Gomez's voice work completely lacks spark. Some of the pacing is a tad too rushed as well, and some of the supporting characters are not developed enough and almost incidental to the plot.

Overall, while inferior to the first film 'Hotel Transylvania 2' was much better than expected. 6.5/10 Bethany Cox

Reviewed by SnoopyStyle7 / 10

nice sequel

Drac (Adam Sandler) is back. His daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez) gets married to human Jonathan (Andy Samberg). They have a humany son Dennis. Drac is desperate for him to grow fangs before his 5th birthday. He takes him on a trip to show the ways of monsters while Johnny and Mavis are away to visit his family in California. Mavis loves Cali but Johnny secretly wishes to stay in Transylvania. Drac's trip is problematic since humanization has taken over his childhood world. Mavis invites her vampa Vlad (Mel Brooks) to Dennis' birthday party.

This is a nice sequel. It's pretty much the same thing. I love invisible Griffin (David Spade) and his fake invisible girlfriend. The start is a bit rush as the movie pushes Johnny and Mavis' relationship from marriage to pregnancy to a young son. The story doesn't have a villain until the last act. However, it's all fun and Drac's dilemma is a very touching universal story.

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