“It doesn’t matter where you come from, or how different you are – a zing only happens once in your life, and you have to cherish it.” – Mavis
Sony’s monster family is back in an all-new summer film, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation. In this latest animated blockbuster, Mavis (Selena Gomez) surprises her father, Dracula (Adam Sandler), with a family vacation on a luxury Monster Cruise Ship, traveling from the Bermuda Triangle to The Lost City of Atlantis. On this trip, Dracula zings (falls in love at first sight) with the devious ship Captain, Ericka (Kathryn Hahn), who is later revealed as a descendant of Abraham Van Helsing, monster hunter and lifelong nemesis to Dracula. While this budding relationship between Ericka and Dracula created a rift between Dracula and Mavis, this romance proved that it’s possible to zing again and that widows deserve a second chance at love and happiness.
Like the previous films, Hotel Transylvania 3 focuses heavily on the importance of family and the importance of accepting the differences of others. Due to these seemingly forced and overwrought moral messages, I felt as if there was no point to adding a third installment. This film was too similar to the first in the way that it had an identical Romeo & Juliet plotline which focused on two very different people who aren’t so supposed to fall in love but do so anyway. And it continuously harped on the conflict of monsters versus humans, a concept that has been prevalent in all three films.
While I enjoyed the humorous and corny dialogue from the movie’s cast of comedians (David Spade, Andy Samberg, Keagan-Michael Key, etc.), the overall silliness of the film did not mask the failing plot. If anything, this third installment should be a reminder that sequels/threequels rarely live up to the originals.