Hotel Transylvania 2 is cute but lacks focus [Review]

Hotel Transylvania 2 is cute but lacks focus [Review]

In Hotel Transylvania, teen vampire Mavis fell for human travel bum Jonny, and Mavis' family learned humans aren't all that dangerous. Now Mavis and Jonny are grown up, and there's a new addition to the family. But will baby Dennis be more like his vampire mum or his human dad?

Hotel Transylvania 2 sees Mavis (Selena Gomez) and Jonny (Andy Samberg) struggle with deciding whether to stay at the hotel and raise their son among monsters, or take him to California to grow up around humans. Their decision isn't made any easier by Vampa - vampire grandpa - Dracula (Adam Sandler), who is convinced that little Dennis will be a vampire, despite all signs pointing to him being totally human.

But while the first film had a clear and relatable theme - teen love with a disapproving parent - this sequel can't seem to figure out who to focus on. Five-year-olds like Dennis, squabbling married 30-somethings, or new grandparents like Drac. The film skips right over the teen demographic that made the first instalment a success.

That's not to say that the film is without its charms. It's still cute and funny, and the characters are as loveable as ever. And of course the core message of acceptance regardless of race, culture or fangs will always be something people - and monsters - identify with.

This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
Cute, but spooky lack of focus

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