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Hotel Transylvania 3: Is this the end of monsters?

Friday October 5 2018

Dracula's daughter books a surprise cruise vacation for the whole gang to relax away from the hotel. PHOTO | COURTESY

Dracula's daughter books a surprise cruise vacation for the whole gang to relax away from the hotel. PHOTO | COURTESY 

THOMAS RAJULA
By THOMAS RAJULA
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Dracula (voiced by Adam Sandler) and his band of ghouls are back again for another interesting and fun-filled run.

It is very ironic that it took me a while to watch the first one (longer than this time) once it came out. I actually started watching the series of movies from the second one, then went back to the first, and I have been hooked since.

Dracula, while officiating a wedding at the hotel, starts feeling very lonely. He has not been seeing anyone since his wife, Mavis’ (Selena Gomez) mother, died.

One night, he goes to the monster-equivalent of dating app to try and find a suitable match. But when his daughter finds him hiding in their attic while trying to hide the fact that he needs someone with him, she assumes that he is just working too hard and needs a vacation. She books a surprise cruise vacation for the whole gang to relax away from the hotel.

Unbeknown to them, the ship’s captain, Ericka (Kathryn Hahn), is the descendant of a notorious monster-hunting family and great granddaughter of Dracula’s arch nemesis from 1897 Professor Abraham Van Helsing (Jim Gaffigan).

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The exclusive monster getaway is actually a plan to lure all the world’s monsters to their end with one swing. Dracula then ends up “zinging” (falls in love) with Ericka at first sight, but Mavis doesn’t seem to quite trust the only human aboard, and tries to dig up what she feels in her gut that Ericka is hiding.

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation is a really fun animation to watch with the whole family. It is hilarious, though its jokes range and target different demographics at different times in order to include the young and old in the fun.

It has really cool soundtracks that range from retro, salsa, blues to electronic music, which make you just want to get off your seat and move to the beat. It has a really nice message about family, friendship and looking out for one another. And it also has some action to go with it.

There’s rarely anything that can go wrong when producers go the animation way, and I am hard-placed to find anything wrong with this movie. If you want to just enjoy an easy movie without having to be very choosey about who you can watch it with, then this is the movie for you.

I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish. It has mystery and at some points you literally hold the edge of your seat while hoping that this is not it for the monsters or Dracula and his bunch.

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