In Sony Pictures Animation’s Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, join our favorite monster family as they embark on a vacation on a luxury monster cruise ship so Drac can take a summer vacation from providing everyone else’s vacation at the hotel. It’s smooth sailing for Drac’s Pack as the monsters indulge in all of the shipboard fun the cruise has to offer, from monster volleyball to exotic excursions, and catching up on their moon tans. But the dream vacation turns into a nightmare when Mavis realizes Drac has fallen for the mysterious captain of the ship, Ericka, who hides a dangerous secret that could destroy all of monsterkind.
Michael McCullers along with the director Genndy Tartakovsky has penned the story for the film. Michael also wrote The Boss Baby last year which had a similar problem as Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation – both of the movies are just funny in parts but a drag on the whole. It’s one of those sequels those are made just for the sake of it.
There are some genuine comical moments but they’re in a minimal amount failing to keep you intrigued throughout. You laugh for a moment suffering the many yawning moments after that. The trademarked bits of Transylvania series like how a cake screams as you cut it, how pieces of a torn paper get together and start dancing – are missing majorly from this one.
Dracula (Adam Sandler) as usual takes off the film but this time without any proper runway to land on. Adam’s voice is a match-made-in-heaven with Dracula but what’s the use of it when you don’t have much of a content to speak. Mavis (Selena Gomez) is prettily sidelined in this one. She and Johnny (Andy Samberg) were the soul of previous instalments but they don’t get much meat in this one.
Though Johnny gets to be a part of a hilarious climax which brings back the movie to life after endlessly dragging the plot in between. Kathryn Hahn’s character Erica seems forced at times. Just to create a love angle with Dracula, it seems unnecessary. Jim Gaffigan as Abraham Van Helsing should’ve got much importance as its character had a lot of scope to evoke laughs.
Genndy Tartakovsky gets 3rd time unlucky with this one. He had the chance to take it on a similar level as part 1 but for some reasons best known to him this turned out to be a very lousy product. Hotel Transylvania is not just about plain animation, it’s about a universe in which ghosts are humans. Even Disney-Pixar’s Coco took some cues from this series and mastered it to another level. But, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation is three times the disappointment.
Mark Mothersbaugh who did the magic with his instruments in last year’s Thor: Ragnarok falls flat this time. Smartly embedding songs like Bruno Mars’ 24K & Los Del Rio’s Macarena, the movie doesn’t have much of its original music to takeaway from. The hardcore punk side of Mothersbaugh is missing. His music came into life in the climax but I was half asleep by then.
All said and done, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation is neither bad nor good. Disappointment compared to the first two parts but a time-pass one time watch if you look it as a standalone film. Saying as a fan of the franchise – this part is was not required.