HO­TEL TRANSYLVANIA 2

Drac’s back

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Reviews -

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.

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