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Movie Review: Hotel Transylvania

It’s Eid weekend in the Middle East and that means a lot of movies in the cinemas.  Along with the latest James Bond movie, Skyfall, this weekend sees the release of Sony Pictures, Hotel Transylvania.

This 3D animated feature film revolves around Count Dracula (voiced by Adam Sandler) and his attempts to shelter his daughter Mavis (voiced by Selena Gomez).  Dracula sets up a human-free haven at Hotel Transylvania but all hell breaks loose when human Jonathan (voiced by Andy Sandberg) crashes Mavis’ birthday celebrations.

Monsters of all kind have arrived at Hotel Transylvania to celebrate Mavis’ 118th birthday. She’s been finally promised freedom to explore the world but her father is very protective of her. He manages to convince her that humans are dangerous. However, when Jonathan  enters the hotel and is forced to take the disguise of Frankenstein’s cousin, he and Mavis form a connection.

Hotel Transylvania is a movie aimed at the younger crowd and will be the perfect preview to the upcoming Halloween festivities. You get a glimpse of all your favorite monsters including vampires, ghosts, mummies, werewolves, zombies and more.  There are cameos by several celebrities including Cee Lo Green as Murray the mummy.

While the romantic track between Mavis and Jonathan plays a crucial part in the plot line and the concept of “zing” is adorable, this is essentially a story of a protective father and his rebellious daughter.  I think every girl can identify with it and you can feel Dracula and Mavis’ emotions come through the screen.

With a gaggle of monsters, there are some very funny moments, with the Twilight reference bringing the roof down. With the cast being fairly musical, there are couple of songs mixed in.  Hotel Transylvania is no Lion King or Aladdin but its a movie the little ones and adults would enjoy this long weekend. If you have any under-10s in your family, take them a long for a watch.

Dollz Rating: 3 stars out of 5

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Synopsis:

Welcome to the Hotel Transylvania, Dracula’s lavish five-stake resort, where monsters and their families can live it up, free to be the monsters they are without humans to bother them. On one special weekend, Dracula has invited some of the world’s most famous monsters – Frankenstein and his wife, the Mummy, the Invisible Man, a family of werewolves, and more – to celebrate his daughter Mavis’ 118th birthday. For Drac, catering to all of these legendary monsters is no problem – but his world could come crashing down when a human stumbles on the hotel for the first time and takes a shine to Mavis.

Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky and distributed by Empire Films in the Middle East, the film released worldwide on September 28th, 2012 and was released across the Middle East on October 24th, 2012.

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