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Hotel Transylvania 2 doesn't learn from the mistakes of its predecessor.
12 February 2018
Hotel Transylvania 2 doesn't learn from the mistakes of its predecessor. Well, we all knew this was going to turn into a ghoulish franchise. In this sequel, Dracula and the gang welcomes his grandson to the family. Adamant that he is more vampire than human, he tries to scare the fangs out of him to prove it. Meanwhile, Mavis explores the human world to gain first hand experience of living in it before making a decision as to whether to stay in Transylvania or not. Also Dracula's father makes an appearance, as does the same recycled jokes and monster puns. This is the pure definition of safe recycling, nothing substantially new was added because they were (ironically) to scared to change it up. They took the first film, disassembled it and thought "hmmmm...what can we do to make a fresh sequel?", to which they then created a brand spanking new story that has less life and cohesion than an idle zombie. Again, it's just a montage of "funny" scenes stringed together. The worst part is they actually reused the same jokes, to precision. "Scream Cheese", "I'm Dracula blah blah blahhh" and the annoying, infuriating and life draining usage of pop music. This time, it wasn't even used properly!? The characters just randomly bust a move to Pitbull! I physically cannot fathom why anyone thinks that's a good idea. The story is incredibly tame, there is no peril. No antagonist until the last five minutes in what I can only describe as an unmemorable fight scene. The constant references to smartphones and apps in an attempt to stay current is embarrassing. It's not all doom and gloom. The animation is still pleasant, voice casting consistently fine and the shared screen time of all the monsters was a requirement that they actually fulfilled. Yes, children will relate and will enjoy this for what it is, so in a sense the film succeeds entertaining its target audience. But us poor adults shouldn't be made to watch drivel like this. Many more intelligent animations out there, watch them instead. Urghhh...got to sit through the third one soon.