Hotel Transylvania 2
Hotel Transylvania 2 is a 2015 American 3D computer animated comedy film, the second installment in the Hotel Transylvania franchise and the sequel to the 2012 film Hotel Transylvania, with its director, Genndy Tartakovsky, and writer, Robert Smigel, returning for the film.
Now that Dracula (Adam Sandler) has opened the Hotel Transylvania's doors to humans, things are changing for the better; however, Drac is secretly worried that his half-human grandson, Dennis, isn't showing his vampire side. So, while Mavis and Johnny are away, Drac enlists his friends to help him put the boy through a "monster-in-training" boot camp. But things really get batty when Drac's cantankerous, old-school dad (Mel Brooks) pays an unexpected visit.
Why It Rocks
- It still retains the charm of the first film.
- Great voice acting from actors like Adam Sandler.
- The animation is still great, with more fluid movements and brighter colours than the first film.
- Great soundtrack.
- Some funny lines like "Nutsy koo koo", "Running's not helping", and the Bluetooth joke.
- The new characters are great. Dennis is a likeable and cute character who can be considered sympathetic due to being different from his mother and grandfather and trying to fit in and Vlad is also entertaining.
- It delivers a good message about how we should accept others for who they are.
- Like the first film, the end credits sequence uses 2D animation in the veins of Genndy's TV cartoons such as Dexter's Laboratory.
- Just like the first film, it has some toilet and fart humor.
- Some product placement is shown like Sony cellphones (even though it owns Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation, which the film is distributed by), Facebook and YouTube (although the latter scene is pretty funny).
- Although Keegan Michael Key does a good job as Murray, he lacks the charm that CeeLo Green had from the first movie (although he had to replace Green since he was running into legal issues).
- Depending on your view, Dracula is debately flanderized in this film, as he does some really scummy things such as lying to his daughter and nearly killing his grandson (though the latter was an accident). Although his motivations were slightly understandable due to wanting Dennis to become a fully-fledged vampire. But he learns his lesson and still cares for his family.
- The film's message of accepting others for who they are and not for who we want them to be feels somewhat diminished at the end when it's revealed that Dennis has inherited vampiric powers after all despite the film making it look that he lacked them and that Dracula should accept that his grandson was not a full vampire.
- The main villain, Bela, is rather weak and minor.
Hotel Transylvania 2 received mixed-to-positive reviews from critics and audiences. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film received a rating of 56%, based on 108 reviews, with an average rating of 5.24/10. The site's consensus states: "Hotel Transylvania 2 is marginally better than the original, which may or may not be enough of a recommendation to watch 89 minutes of corny, colorfully animated gags from Adam Sandler and company.".