‘Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation’ brings silly fun

This image released by Sony Pictures Animation shows a scene from "Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation." (Sony Pictures Animation via AP)

The climax was a dance-off. Enough said.

As shown by its title, “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation” follows the same ludicrous tone as the disco showdown. Although this is by far the wackiest of the franchise, it was hard not to have a good time.

Tired of tending to others at his hotel and being alone, Count Dracula (Adam Sandler) and the rest of his monster family and friends embark on a cruise. With all of the activities to do, this seems like the perfect vacation. Soon Drac falls for the captain of the cruise ship who hides an evil secret about her family’s secret past.

It is common after three movies into the franchise that one would take a dive in quality. This cannot be said for this movie as it upholds the same standards; though, those standards are not too high.

The bright and quirky animation was always entertaining to watch. There were even some visual tropes of animated movies that this film subverts. In one scene that impressed me, Drac kept on getting hurt in various way; long after the scene was over, his injuries still remained. This is just one of the many times that the movie had me laughing.

Humor is this film’s greatest appeal. As corny as the movie is, I couldn’t help laughing. What makes this movie stand out most is its ability to make kids and adults laugh. There is the slapstick humor that brings a grin to all, as well as the use of well-placed innuendo that feels rewarding to older viewers. I always find it hilarious when the adults in the theater are laughing while the kids are scratching their heads.

The comedy only takes the film so far however; it couldn’t completely justify the absurdity. There were so many random scenes that added nothing to the plot but extra minutes. Surprisingly, this didn’t alter the films steady pace. This could be due to the film being very short, being just over an hour and a half long, which I was thankful for. Although I was entertained the entire time, I don’t think I could’ve taken any more.

“Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation” is a transparent film. It’s obvious the movie is going to be goofy as well as a money-grabber. Do not let this fool you as it is just as funny as it is silly. It’s a movie that will satisfy any family. I’m just crossing my fingers that the series will quit while it’s ahead.

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