Stars: 3 / 5
Hotel Transylvania 2 is a 2015 American animated fantasy-comedy film and a sequel to its 2012 film. This film takes places seven years after the first film was set. Hotel Transylvania is owned by 539 year old Count Dracula. After his daughter Mavis - a 125 year old vampire - marries Jonathan aka Johnny - a 28 year old human - (story told in the first installment) he has a change of heart towards humans. The second installment shows him opening up the hotel for humans and vampires alike.
The plot starts with Mavis announcing that she is pregnant. A year later she gives birth to a boy named Dennis. Drac worries that Dennis is nearing to his fifth birthday and yet hasn’t grown any fangs. And Mavis is considering to raise Dennis as a human near her husband's home. Knowing his daughter's plans, Drac asks Johnny to take Mavis on a visit to his parents home - Johnny agrees with much reluctance as he doesn’t want to leave the hotel. Mavis considering this as a good break and also a good way to get to know the area her husband had grew up and her in-laws, she sets on the adventure with her husband.
While Mavis and Johnny are away, Drac plans to take help of his friends Frankenstein, Wayne the Werewolf, Griffin the Invisible Man, Murray the Mummy and Blobby the Blob to awaken the vampiric powers in Dennis. But his escapades get on to youtube and are seen by Mavis. Mavis comes back to the hotel and decides to leave after Dennis's fifth birthday the following week. The remaining plot follows how Drac tries to make up to his daughter, how Dennis gets his vampire powers, and how they all finally decide to stay in the hotel after all.
An 89 minutes of animated and colorful film that definitely tickles your belly. However this is not as better as the first part. The story plot is also weak with quite a few holes - who is Bela? Why is he so against humans? What is the story of Vlad? - and no where they are tied neatly. Dennis and Mavis are the ones that stole the movie however. This is not a sequel like any other movies where the cast is powerful and plot is strong. This is more of a silly gag for the original. And the brilliant concept that gets lost in translation - embrace and accept all the differences in the world. Yet, I wouldn’t shy from watching it especially when I hear the squeals and squeaks from my nephews.
Since there are talks about Hotel Transylvania Part 3, I am curious to see how that will pan out. Until then, this is a movie for getting silly laughs out of any adult - no matter how cold that person might be.