Hotel Transylvania: fun and visually delightful (WBRi Movie Review)

Hotel Transylvania (2012) Animated 3D Movie PosterKolkata, Dec 11, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Hotel Transylvania is a film which revolves around various monsters. But if this clue makes you apprehensive of a fear factor in the 3D movie then you have nothing to worry about. Hotel Transylvania is rather a fun film and horror elements are next to none in this film. This is actually a good film to watch with the younger ones of your family.

The 3D animated film is a visual treat for the eyes though the 3D effects are never in the class of ‘Avatar’ or ‘Avengers’. The story of the film is what makes it interesting and appealing to both old and young in the theater.

The story is all about the life (or rather afterlife) of a father who is over-protective about his daughter. Dracula, better known as ‘Drac’ in the monster world had built Hotel Transylvania to shelter those monsters who have been despised by the humans for ages. He lost his wife amidst a crowd of humans when his only daughter was a small child. It is after this incident that Drac built the hotel. This hotel, from then on, had become extremely popular among monsters seeking a place away from the human race.

The film is set in the time period when Dracula is getting ready to celebrate his daughter Mavia's 118th birthday. The guest list for the party is unique as it features all the monsters that one can possibly think about. Wayne the wolfman, Frankestein and Griffin the invisible man are some of the illustrious guests at the birthday party of Mavia. Trouble starts when Mavia wants to see humans. Dracula tries hard to stop her from doing so.

The twist in the story occurs when Jonathan, a human gets into the hotel. Dracula’s daughter falls in love with this mortal and Dracucla keeps no stone unturned to keep his daughter away from the guy. The story goes on to show what happens to Mavia and Jonathan.

The detailing in the film is something that one can never miss. Zombie laborers engaged in construction work, witches doing cleaning rounds, boney skeletons as waiters - all add to the perfect ambiance created by Tartakrovsky and his team. They have done a great job in making the characters quirky and likeable.

To add credibility to the characters, the director has engaged the-best suited people to lend voices to them. The voice of Dracula is of Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg as Jonathan, Kevin James as Frankenstein, Fran Drescher as Eunice and the young sensation Selena Gomez as Mavis. This film marks the debut of Selena Gomez as voicecaster.

Witty jokes made at the expense of the monsters based on the many well known stories add up more interest.

Those who love to watch animated movies should not miss this one monster party and the venue of the party, i.e. Hotel Transylvania is a must-visit for them.

Watch the feature trailer of Hotel Transylvania.

- By Jyoti Prakash Mandal (jpmandal@washingtonbanglaradio.com)