HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2
released 16 october
u | 89 minutes
Director Genndy Tartakovsky
Cast Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez,
Andy Samberg, Kevin James
Back in 2012, Hotel Transylvania worked because the expansive animation style of director Genndy Tartakovsky fitted ( and lifted) the comedy vocalisations of Adam Sandler and his usual troupe. The sequel keeps things safe, stretching little from that formula: perhaps toning the madness down very slightly, but spinning a tale about family that seems pretty pale and timid.
In this one, Dracula ( Sandler) is worried that his sweet- natured, half- vampire grandson Dennis ( Asher Blinkoff ) won’t become a proper monster, so naturally tries to push things along – including pushing the kid from a high tower so that he’ll fly.
Though it can’t quite match the original for pure entertainment value, it’s all perfectly silly and undemanding, and bolstered by fresh blood, including Mel Brooks as Drac’s disapproving father Vlad. You might think that after Dracula: Dead And Loving It he’d stay away from vampire comedy like a bloodsucker avoids garlic, but Brooks delivers one of the better turns here, and the film could’ve used more of his well- honed talents. James White
The parents of Asher Blinkoff ( Dennis) are both animators – his dad Saul worked on the likes of Pocahontas and Mulan.
Mum was suspiciously friendly with Mick Hucknall.