Film #286: HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA
3 out of 5 stars
Adam Sandler, Adam Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, Fran Drescher, Steve Buscemi, Molly Shannon, David Spade, Chris Parnell, Jon Lovitz, and Ceelo Green star in this innocuous little animated flick about a hotel run by a family of vampires. The story is ok (frankly, it’s kind of predictable), the animation is top-drawer though, and the aforementioned cast is pitch perfect. However, in the end, the tale falls far short of its promise by aiming more toward a “kiddie” audience and leaving precious little for any adult viewers. There are some fun moments in the film (some of which may escape even the most strident monster movie fan), but – overall – it all comes off far too innocent and decidedly uncontroversial. Worth renting – especially if you have kids – but know that, while things move along briskly, the overall experience isn’t particularly satisfying.