Movie Review: Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015)

by StevenHelmer

A review of the animated family movie starring Adam Sandler and Selena Gomez.

Synopsis: Hotel Transylvania is now open to both human and monsters as Mavis and Johnny wed. A year later, Mavis announces she is pregnant and, when her son, Dennis, is born, Dracula couldn't be happier to be a grandfather. However, his excitement over his grandson becomes anxiety as Dennis shows no signs of being a vampire and Mavis talks about moving to California because she believes Transylvania isn't the right place to raise a human child.

Who's In It?

The animated movie uses voices from Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, Andy Samberg, Kevin James, David Spade and Mel Brooks.


My oldest daughter loved "Hotel Transylvania" when she first saw it and, because of that, I decided to get the sequel through Netflix for our family movie time. While the movie did, admittedly, have its funny moments, I don't think it was anywhere near as good as the first film.

As I mentioned, there were some funny scenes in this film. The child (voiced by Asher Blinkoff) is cute and does manage to get in some interesting situations. And, when Dracula (Sandler) begins to give his grandchild vampire lessons, it does usually result in something hilarious happening.

My personal favorite is when he takes Dennis to a vampire camp and realizes, because of liability reasons, young vampires just aren't brought up the same way he was. As a parent, I found it was pretty easy to relate to that and the end result of his visit to the camp was pretty funny.

My biggest problem with this film is it is kind of predictable. The only real mystery is whether or not Dennis will end up getting his fangs by his 5th birthday. But, even that wasn't overly difficult to guess and the rest of the film fell into a pattern that wasn't unexpected and really mimicked several other family films I've seen.

To be fair, Dracula's father, Vlad (Brooks), did breathe a little fresh life into the film toward the end and Brooks brought the same charisma to the character he always does. But, even that part of the movie was a bit predictable and, ultimately, didn't change my overall opinion of the animated movie.

Final Opinion

As I said, the movie does have its funny moments and, because of that, might be worth watching if you liked the first film. But, mostly because it was as predictable as it was, the film wasn't anything overly memorable either.

My Grade: C

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Updated: 02/07/2016, StevenHelmer
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