While it doesn’t feel like it, but Hotel Transylvania is getting to be a pretty long tenured animated movie franchise. I enjoyed the first two films quite a lot, but I was a bit dubious on the third film. Mainly because many in the genre, start to run out of steam in the ideas department. Maybe not enough to derail it but certainly dilutes the quality.
The film begins not long after the events of the 2nd film. While Count Dracula is a proud father, father-in-law, and grandfather and wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world, he’s starting to feel lonely after so many years as a widower. As he starts thinking about dating again, Mavis tells him that the family is going on a vacation.
Which ends up being on a cruise ship. Count Dracula feels a bit guilty about trying to find a new wife, as he isn’t sure how Mavis will take it, though Johnny and Dennis would be super-supportive for him. His monster friends tease and joke at him, but the Lord of Vampires says that THIS IS A FAMILY VACATION, instead of a love cruise.
He changes his tune at first sight with the ship’s HUMAN captain. Despite their differences, Dracula is head over heels for the blonde cruise captain. But Mavis has her doubts, she thinks there is something not quite right with her. Johnny believes it’s because she can’t accept anyone to be her “new mom” but could she be right?
Overall Summer Vacation is the weakest of the three (to date) films. It’s cute, funny (loved “Bob”), and I liked its twists, but it does seem like they only made this movie at the demand of Sony Pictures. But it’s not a bad film by any means, and your kiddos (if you have any) will probably love it like the previous two of them.