HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3: A MONSTER VACATION (U)
The infectious, chart-topping hit should play throughout Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation, which doesn’t worry about character development or a coherent plot and is blissfully happy to set sail for predictable laughs in foreign climes.
Humour in the second film, released in 2015, in which the great and the good of the monster world gathered at Hotel Transylvania for the wedding of bloodsucker Mavis (voiced by Selena Gomez) and her human beau Jonathan (Andy Samberg), was decidedly long in the vampire’s tooth.
The same is true of the script for this third chapter, co-written by Tartakovsky and Michael McCullers, which introduces Dracula (Adam Sandler) to the perilous world of right- and left-swiping potential love matches.
Dracula’s daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez) becomes concerned that the clan isn’t spending enough quality time together so she organises a surprise holiday for her nearest and dearest including her husband Jonathan, six-year-old son Dennis (Asher Blinkoff) and grandfather Vlad (Mel Brooks).
She surprises Dracula with a voyage to the lost city of Atlantis via the Bermuda Triangle aboard the luxury cruise liner Legacy. His mood brightens when he meets the ship’s acrobatic captain, Ericka (Kathryn Hahn), who seems to like a pasty-skinned suitor with an aversion to sunlight and garlic. En route, skeletons tumble out of one family’s musty closet and Dracula affirms the importance of family unity in times of crisis.
Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation is blessed with bright, colourful visuals and lightweight humour that should appeal to younger audiences including a turbulent flight aboard ramshackle Gremlin Air. Vocal performances search in vain for big laughs amidst the sugary sentiment and a final reel reveal is telegraphed far in advance.