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Film Editorial

Hoteltransylvania3d.jpg Hotel Transylvania
 

This CGI animation feature from Tartakovsky, the director of cult toon ‘Samurai Jack’ and the highly regarded ‘Star Wars: Clone Wars’ series, looks impressive but lacks a sense of narrative drive and decent script. Sandler voices Dracula, who is not the evil bloodsucker of legend apparently, but a super-efficient manager of a hotel for monsters he runs as a haven from evil humans. He is also a doting if overprotective dad to his teenage (118-year-old) daughter Mavis (Gomez). Mavis dreams of seeing the world but Dracula, who lost his wife in an attack by humans a century earlier, is weary of letting his daughter out of his sight, so cooks up a range of elaborate schemes to discourage her. Then a slacker-ish human backpacker Jonathon (Samberg) washes up at the hotel, and before Drac is able to pack him off, a romance has developed between the human newcomer and Mavis. Tartakovsky fashions some nice visuals, the establishment’s ornate interiors in particular are beautifully realised, and Andy Samberg is good fun as the sweetly bewildered human, as is Steve Buscemi who voices his wolfman character, Wayne, as a stressed salaryman driven to despair by his large litter of cubs. The meandering tone in the middle makes the film feel longer than it is however, and while Sandler is not as annoying (un)dead as he is in real life, his broader influence is felt in the picture’s unappealing mix of scatological humour and saccharine sentiment.