Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018) (mini-review++)

(If you’re curious, my review process. It’s also pasted at the end of this post. I don’t believe in Rotten Tomatoes. I just believe in me.)

(***all-purpose SPOILER ALERT*** there may be some in this review)

acting 5

directing 5

effects 7

editing 5

writing 5

SW SCORE: 27

2.5 out of 5 🐙

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Look, this is a story about classic movie monsters going on a summer cruise for vacation. If you’re expecting a provocative review, first of all you’re on the wrong blog, and second of all, see the first phrase of this sentence. So in lieu of me trying to cobble together something traditional, I am just going to list the things I really liked about this silly movie.

The animation style for this entire trilogy; it’s unique at least and that’s easier said than done, especially with the major animation houses.

I like the dating subplot. Mostly because I was defeated by dating.

The Gremlins are in it AND THEY HAVE THEIR OWN AIRLINE!!!!

Mel brooks voices Grandpa Dracula. I’m really glad he’s still around and it makes me glad whenever I see him in new work.

Their cruise is in the Bermuda Triangle. Of course it is. Where else could it be?

The fish staff have feet. That’s weird. I like it.

The jello monster has a kid by throwing up.

The Chupacabra character is a bullfighter. And his cocktail is a sheep.

A vampire farts because he accidentally eats garlic. The kids in the audience and I giggled.

The family dog is named Tinkles.

The kraken is defeated because he loves the Macarena.

Very fun stylized animation over enlivens the first 4 minutes of credits.

All in all, there are lots of individual things to like, but unlike the first two installments of the trilogy, this one falls short on story and originality. Your kids will probably like it ok, up until a certain age. But great animated movies strive for much more than that.

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(1) Shark Wrighter (SW) Score: Based on a sum of 5 sub-scores (acting, directing, writing/story, effects: cinematography &/or animation &/or effects, editing) with 1 being terrible and 10 being terrific.

(2) Octopuses (0-5 🐙, with 5 being fantastic and 0 being feces)

(3) Octopuses are my unquantifiable feeling…not that SW score is scientific…but this one is even less so

(4) ++ This optional section includes any incredibly *brilliant observations that don’t fit into simple quantitative slices like the scores and octopuses *(they are likely NOT brilliant)

 

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