[Review] Hotel Transylvania 3

Hotel Transylvania is back, with its third installment of colourful creepy characters and pure family fun!

This time, follow Dracula (Adam Sandler), Mavis (Selena Gomez) and a whole slew of monsters of every shape and size as they embark on a summer vacation on a monster’s cruise ship run by Captain Ericka (Kathryn Hahn).

In the first film, we watched Dracula’s struggle to accept that Mavis’ love from a human, Johnny (Andy Samberg), but now, two sequels later, it’s Dracula’s turn to fall in love. Out of loneliness, Drac tries (and fails) to find love on the internet, on a platform very much like Tinder for us humans, but it is the enigmatic Captain Ericka who captures his lifeless vampiric heart… the enigmatic Captain Ericka Van-Helsing.

Even though its previous installment was quite a disappointment, there is, at the very least, an attempt to make this third movie engaging for both the children and parents. While the children giggle away at the superficial slapstick humour and the adorable characters, adults will be pleasantly surprised to be tickled by the numerous 90s references which will include Saturday Night Fever-like dance sequences and the revival of the Macarena.

Overall, in this 90 mins of goofiness, Pixar still managed to subtly slip in a timeless universal story about tolerance, acceptance and compromise in both romantic and familial love, which is truly a commendable feat considering the one-too-many dance sequences and the mindless fun that this movie revolves around.

There are plenty of loopholes in Hotel Transylvania 3 but what it lacks in an interesting, mind-stimulating plot, it sure makes up for in plain childish humour and colourful characters. Children will absolutely adore this show and adults will enjoy it too, that is, if they set their mind to not think at all and just go with the fast-paced flow of this ridiculously comical movie.

By Rachel Lim