It’s where monsters go for safety, for protection, and to be with other monsters. Hotel Transylvania is a monster gathering place, and it has been for a long time. When the movie about it first came out 3 years ago, it really caught the eye of the public. Now, the long-awaited sequel, Hotel Transylvania 2, is finally here, and better than ever.
You may recall that Mavis, the main character and vampire, and Johnny, a human, clicked as a couple. In this movie, they are married, and Mavis’s father, Dracula, has even come around to the likes of the human. In an extravagant celebration, Johnny’s family meets all the monsters at the hotel, and all the characters from the last movie are reintroduced, setting the stage for the rest of the movie.
Soon enough, Mavis announces that she is pregnant, and when the baby, Dennis, comes along, her father is determined that his grandchild will be a vampire. He goes to extremes to make sure that Dennis turns out a monster, and not a human. Over the next five years, we see cute, happy, laughing Dennis grow up, but, much to Dracula’s dismay, he does not sprout fangs.
Mavis and Johnny are both happy to see Dennis growing up, whether he becomes a vampire or not, but Dracula is not satisfied. When his 5th birthday is coming up, Mavis is having second thoughts about raising a human with all these monsters, and considers moving to a safer place. Dracula sends Mavis and Johnny away to give himself some alone time with Dennis in hopes of getting his fangs to come out before the big day arrives. He neglects to tell them his intent, and so the action begins, as do some family arguments. Will Dracula get his wish or will Mavis pack up and head out, away from all she’s ever known for the sake of her child?
I thought this movie had some good humor in it, and although it was kind of a predictable storyline, there were definitely some surprises to keep it interesting. You really feel connected to the characters, and feel the emotion of the story. Younger kids would love it, and parents could have fun too. If you’re looking for a cute, quick movie this Halloween season, this is the perfect one for you.