Right off the bat, it has to be said that this film holds a PG rating which means there will be no references to any adult themes. The threequel to the 2012 original follows Adam Sandler’s Dracula and his character's family on a summer vacation adventure aboard a cruise ship. Both kids and adults can take away some positive messages from this movie; like it's predecessor it preaches ideas of acceptance using “monsters” as a clear allegory for racism, however, this message will often pop up for a minute only to disappear for the rest of the film. A message which I found in the film that would be excellent for kids to take with them, is that the film encourages audiences to try new things, in the same way, Selena Gomez's character, Mavis encourages her father. I would personally recommend this film to children ages 8 and up as the monsters may be found scary by younger audiences.I do also feel that this is a movie for kids and this is visible in it's quite literal “toilet humour which often comes with I most definitely found this to be true given the whole row of younger kids behind.
I must inform the adults who may watch this film that if you're looking for legitimate drama and suspense you're most definitely in the wrong place. The plot is fairly rudimentary as it essentially retreads the whole concept of the first film( especially regarding the concept of “zings”) with a role reversal between the characters of Dracula and Mavis. With Dracula taking interest in a newly introduced character named Erica. The film does feel well paced although it does falter in its pace sometimes losing focus; particularly towards the climax of the film.
This repetition does leave the film itself feeling almost fatigued, given that it is the third film in its respective franchise. This fatigue also seems to infect the humor of the film as many of its jokes seem to be reliant on clichés or call backs to previous films in the serious, consequently making this an unfriendly entry point into the “Hotel Transylvania” series.
The characters in this film also feel particularly one-note, meaning that they lack depth and feel bland and stereotypical without compelling motivation and stories. In addition to this certain characters such as Andy Samberg’s Johnny have seemingly taken a backseat to the film with little focus on attention provided to the character.
This movie however does feature stunning animation, with jaw dropping visual spectacles and set pieces that is sure to astonish any kids in the audience.
“Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation” is no doubt a summer movie for the kids, albeit a flawed one with boring characters and a repetitive plot. This film is recommended to be seen by kids, as for the adults accompanying said kids, I have to inform you to not expect much from this film.