Why do critics hate on the "Hotel Transylvania" series? Is it because Adam Sandler is in it? That might be it, though I honestly haven't gotten a clue. My reaction to the series is kind of interesting. I thought the first movie was decent but didn't really see rewatch value in it while I thought two was pretty good and actually found it did have the rewatch value. Now we have the third movie in the series, "Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation", a film that I also really enjoyed. I don't think it was as good as the second movie, but I still found it a pretty fun watch.
Count Dracula (Adam Sandler) has started to get pretty lonely and bored at being at his famed hotel for monsters. Wanting to see him happy as well as hoping to spend some more time with his family, his daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez), son in law Jonathan (Andy Samberg) and grandson Dennis (Asher Blinkoff) decide to go on a cruise ship for monsters that is en route to the lost city of Atlantis. While onboard the ship Dracula immediately falls for the ships captain Ericka (Kathryn Hahn) unaware that she's the great great granddaughter of Professor Abraham Van Helsing (Jim Gaffigan) who is planning to destroy all monsters starting with Dracula. What follows next is seeing the monsters enjoy the cruise while dealing with the actions of both of the Van Helsing's.
As you could tell from the plot, the film is more of a series of jokes strung together to make a movie which is not a bad thing. Most of the jokes actually really work and did give me a good laugh. I particularly loved the creative scenarios they did with the locations. My favorite had to be the Bermuda Triangle. I won't give away what it looks like, but I'll just say it was very creative what they did with it. Also, the soundtrack was finally great! One of my biggest issues with the last two movies was how modern and dated the pop songs were and in this case, I think there was only time it did irritate me. Every other song was great. I don't even have to say that the animation is great once again. Director Genndy Tartakovsky once again delivers some fantastic fast paced animation and some eye-popping colors. This film's creativity was so massive that it was clear that he and really turned around the creativity at Sony Picture Animation after the disastrous "Emoji Movie". The characters are mostly pretty good. It was fun to see most of the characters again, Wayne and Wanda had a pretty funny scene together, and also seeing Jonathan and Mavis was also charming. It was also nice seeing more of Dennis and Winnie bonding together. Seeing them work to keep their giant dog hidden was so funny. Even though most of the film was good, there were some problems. Van Helsing as a villain did not work at all. The last two films didn't have a villain to a story and worked well without one and in this film, adding one just slowed down the movie. Not only that, but he was also not very funny. Also, I did kind of miss Jonathan's parents. They were pretty funny and I kind of think adding them to this film would've added some pretty funny humor. Though that was kind of a nitpick.
"Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation" was still a pretty good sequel with a weak but still funny story, top-notch animation, and some mostly pretty good characters. Even though I do think the second movie was the best in the series, I still think this was a pretty good movie and I definitely have plans of watching it in the future.