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Getting ‘zingy’ with it

Human’s obsession for immortality seems to have reached new heights. Count Dracula is turned into a loveable cartoon character, voiced by Adam Sandler. He still reacts strongly to garlic, but he merely gets badly sunburnt when exposed to sunlight – not turned into ashes as the vampire lore informs us. Now that he’s got a gothic-chic daughter, Mavis, voiced by Selena Gomez – whose 118th birthday celebration, the legal age in the monster world apparently, is the axis the story revolves around – he actually has no time for humans. But he still glides, talks with an accent and could turn himself into a bat.

Count Dracula, who lost his wife to a furious mob, turns his castle into a sanctuary – Hotel Transylvania – for the monsters being persecuted by humans. And tries his best to protect his daughter from the evil ways of the humans. But his supposedly spunky daughter yearns to get out and see the world. The protective father in Count Dracula is not going to let that happen, of course and he almost gets away with dissuading his daughter when our typical American backpacker, Jonathan,voiced by Andy Samberg, walks into Hotel Transylvania. The film takes the usual course: the boy and the girl ‘zing’ and Dracula grudgingly lets his daughter go and explore the world with her beloved.

We get to meet famous ‘monster’ characters, including Frankenstein’s monster, Mummy, a werewolf family, and the Invisible Man. They rock and roll, do all kinds of pranks and generally keep us entertained. Although, for a boy-meet-girl story, the focus is more on the relationship between the boy and the father-in-law-to-be. Not that we mind, Adam Sandler certainly could turn inane into fun. Just a regular mindless fun Hollywood film.
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