Movie Review: Hotel Transylvania 4: Transformania (2022)
Synopsis: As part of Hotel Transylvania's 125th anniversary celebration, Dracula plans to announce his retirement and give the hotel to Mavis and Jonathan. However, Jonathan's overreaction to the news causes Dracula to have second thoughts and when he lies about the reason, claiming he can't leave the hotel to a non-monster, Jonathan gets help from Van Helsing to turn himself into one. This backfires when Dracula and his friends are accidentally turned human and the only way to reverse it is with a trip to the jungles of South America for a special crystal.
Who's in it? The animated movie uses the voices of Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, David Spade, Keegan-Michael Key and Brian Hull.
Review: It was our family movie night and, since I came across this film on Amazon Prime a few days ago, decided to watch it. I wasn't too huge of a fan of the other Hotel Transylvania sequels and had quite a few doubts about this choice. However, it did turn out to be better than expected.
Overall, I thought the plot worked. It wasn't anything too complicated, as long as you didn't overthink it (such as wondering why Dracula isn't much older when he is turned human, like my daughter did). Plus, there were a few nice twists involved, including the one where Van Helsing's (Jim Gaffigan) monster ray was unstable and caused the subjects to continue to mutate.
I am also going to admit Jonathan (Samberg) was pretty darn funny as a dragon. He might have even been the best part of the entire movie, especially when he was starting to change into something that was completely evil but still had some of his personality and when he discovered he had wings.
I did think the movie was a little, for lack of a better work, busy at times. As I told my wife, there were parts of the movie that reminded me of a Spongebob episode and there were times when it was actually giving me a slight headache. I'm sure it's something most kids would enjoy but I wanted to mention that as fair word of warning to parents.
Final Opinion: The original was the best, but other than a few flaws, this was a halfway decent sequel and proved to be more entertaining than expected.
My Grade: B
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