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Hotel Transylvania 3 Summer Vacation Review (2018) | Just Stop Already!

How should I put it? Umm….Hotel Transylvania 3 Summer Vacation feels like when you are changing channels on your Television and you stop to see what Drac is up to, and you end up seeing it anyway just for a smile. To frame it in a sentence – it’s not the greatest of things, and it’s not the worst of things. But it is definitely something in between.

To be really honest, nobody wants a movie that does not have a great plot, but Hotel Transylvania has these characters that people have slowly grown to admire. You put them in anything, and they are going to see it. Especially Adam Sandler‘s character of Drac. His voiceover remains as funny as it was when we heard it for the first time.

For all the characters of the franchise that we had grown to love in the past, this movie, unfortunately, doesn’t do all of them justice. Because Hotel Transylvania 3 Summer Vacation is not concerned about others. It is fully focused on finding Drac a girlfriend and how his daughter, Mavis (Selena Gomez) reacts to it. It does all of it in the backdrop of a vacation spent on a cruise.

Period. That’s it! The whole story that the movie tries to sell. The rest of the things are mere fillers. The flick is terribly slow paced badly in need of a direction and what defines as good comedy.

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The Bad Direction of Hotel Transylvania 3 Summer Vacation

Goes without saying that Hotel Transylvania 3 Summer Vacation tries to cruise in shallow waters without much substance to help it swim. Its jests feel a lot of times dumb and pointless. There are plenty of times when you feel even the transition from one scene to another appearing incomplete almost as if like a joke was zipped midway, lacking a punch or a proper closure.

There are so many moments in the movie when you realize the movie is badly in need of a direction that it is running out of content to hold the story. That’s when you realize how badly has it been edited.

For most of the comic stuff, it heavily relies on the clumsiness of its characters like Blobby (Genndy Tartakovsky) puking up Baby Blobby or Puppy wreaking havoc whenever it finds a bone. There is no genuine comedy embroiled in a situation that elicits some serious guffaws.

Genndy as a director needs to buff up his direction. What is he basically getting at? Maybe improve his script to milk all the great characters that he has.

Saved by the Final Showdown

I think what saves the Hotel Transylvania 3 Summer Vacation movie a little bit, if at all it swims through, is by its final showdown. Even though that feels really stupid in a way, it pays tribute to forgotten music bringing back all the classics making it all the way enjoyable. In a way, it tries to exhume a message that every father these days has been dying to blurt out:

Music, in our times, was good.

You laugh off eventually calling it an entertainer that blends in all the elements of fun by not taking anything seriously.

Just like Hotel Transylvania 2 had that GPS gig that was funny, this one might be remembered for playing Britney and Macarena competing against some deadly trance. I swear I could hear a father get up and say, “Yeah!”

Among other good things you can say the character of Van Helsing (Jim Gaffigan) was well animated. I mean even his mannerism and the way he spoke managed to bring a smile to your face. The CGI of the movie was great as usual. The team has done an excellent job there once again.

Adam Sandler as an Actor

Now this series does not technically use Adam as an actor. Since he basically does a voiceover in all of them. But it is probably the only good thing going on in Adam Sandler’s life as far as his movie department is concerned.

As a dialogue from Funny People:

He is really funny. I don’t know why his movies aren’t funny, though.

That’s a million dollar question that we don’t have an answer to. Is it his choice of movies?

He is really good with his comic timing and slapstick jests when you are creating certain situations. But when you put him in a movie, you know, basically ask him to run a marathon, he ends up becoming not so good. I don’t know, we need to do a case study on him or something. Interesting!

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The Final Verdict

Hotel Transylvania movies take time to show up, around three years to be precise, thus allowing people to forget things, and then it becomes a refresher once they hit the theatres again. But it is somehow surreal that despite taking all that time, they don’t work on improving their script.

Why not come up with a real challenge and stop creating extra characters when you can basically create better food from what you already have? Handling all these evergrowing characters in a single movie is becoming difficult for crying out loud. I mean they should learn that management from Avengers Infinity War. Okay, that wasn’t a comparison really!

I think the makers need to stop. Genndy, in particular, needs to move on to a different project instead of coming back to this franchise that has run out of its juice. Instead of grinding his gears to come up with another sloppy mix, it’s better to come up with a new and original setup.

Genndy, are you listening?

Storks Movie Review (2016) | Adorable Is Written All Over It

Storks movie is high on slapstick humour, chucklesome one-liners and an intelligently thought of oscillating story line. Even though Storks is like a constant roadrunner of a movie, which raises question about its editing, it still manages to rake you in with its primal theme – Baby! Isn’t that a winning idea per se?

The Concept of Storks

Well, this one is an old one actually. The notion “storks deliver babies” finds its roots deep in European folklore. The fanciful imagination of how Storks would listen to crooning new parents thereby tending to their wants, has found new angles every now and then. Not long ago, in the year 2009 we were served a beautiful short called “Partly Cloudy” by Pixar which had briefly yet amiably touched that very area. Now, with Warner Bros. Animation bringing back the idea to a fully-fledged version in the form of a movie, the concept literally brims alive.

Plot of the Storks Movie (Spoilers Ahead)

Storks have put an end to their baby delivering business. Cornerstone, their company has now moved on to a much profitable business of providing postal services. Headed under the aegis of Hunter (voiced by Kelsey Grammer), the visionary is about to promote Junior (voiced by Andy Samberg), the top deliverer of Cornerstone, to the position of ‘Boss’. However, he requires him to fire a girl named Tulip (voiced by Katie Crown), who was Cornerstone’s last undelivered baby. Tulip is trying her best to fit in the lifestyle of Storks, but unfortunately she is an epitome of obliteration, and Hunter wants him gone.

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Meanwhile at Earth, a kid is trying his best to catch his busy parents’s attention. The ignored head Nate (Anton Starkman) is keen on having a baby brother so that he could have someone to play with. He writes a letter (or did an adult write that? :P) that gets delivered to Cornerstone. In a series of accidental chaotic events, where Junior is trying to get rid of Tulip, the old baby delivering machine becomes functional with that letter and a baby is produced.  Boy, is she the cutest thing?

What follows is one hell of a roller-coaster ride, with Junior trying to deliver the baby to its rightful address alongside Tulip, before anyone in the Cornerstone knows about it.

Humour

Storks movie packs in humour aplenty. The non-stop fun comedy will not let you settle down a bit. It is constantly trying to tickle you, sometimes too hard, sometimes effortlessly. The fact that the movie is so much reflective of our day to day work makes things even more relatable. That’s primarily why you laugh hard too.

In their little adventure to deliver the baby, Tulip and Junior come across an insane wolf pack that can take the shape of anything from a bridge to a boat to a submarine. It is hands down one of the funniest bits in the movie. Alpha Wolf and Beta Wolf are voiced by none other than Key and Peele themselves.

still of alpha and beta wolf licking baby in storks movie

Also, the part where an army of silent Penguins tries to attack the lead characters making sure that the baby doesn’t wake up, will have you in fits of laughter. Pigeon Toady voiced by Stephen Kramer Glickman is one psychotic angle to the tale that blends in a little perversion with fun.

The movie also tries to do a little mockery of how the advent of baby in one’s life changes so many things for parents. It goes on to show that insane cuteness comes at a price!

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Issues with the flick

One apparent downside that vexes you a bit is how Storks literally gallops. It is a constant run of frames that doesn’t stop even for a second to breathe. At times it tries its level best to pass on even average jests with its swift gait, so that you move on quickly to the next.

With no gravitas in its frames, the Storks movie fails to uplift the emotional quotient that the movie at one point tries to bank on. In that respect it stays miles away from the likes of Pixar. Everything stays scooched under 1 hour 27 minutes of screen-time, even though we could have really used a better editing.

The Final Verdict

Even though Storks movie fails to do a Pixar in matters of sentient stories, it entertains us nevertheless with its snappy slapstick humour. The collaboration resuscitates the old forgotten lore that tries to celebrate lost stories. Even with its fun standpoint, we do get a comical entertainer in the end, and that’s what really matters.

If you wish to watch a whole load of cute, cuddlesome and Awwwwws, Storks is just the movie for you.

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Hotel Transylvania 2 Review (2015)

Hotel Transylvania 2 is here to tickle you once again.

The Drac is back!

This time around with a plot that we could have probably seen coming years ere.

Okay, so this was the next reasonable thing to do, if you wished to rake in more money from a title that worked well. Genndy waves his magic wand once again, and lo we have yet another sequel to Hotel Transylvania. Also, this fictional hotel is the only place where Adam Sandler seems to be doing fine for himself. (and Madison wink intended)

So we have the whole Drac gang back again in Hotel Transylvania 2, which was quite pleasant to watch. Humour was yet again quite mediocre, but at times good and would occasionally throw you into fits of laughter. There are ephemeral humorous frames punched in at some junctures like that of Family Guy’s. Some were good, some were meh!

The beginning part simply fast forwards to the original plot, and was quite poorly made, until of course, we meet the true hero of the flick – Dennis aka Denisovich, who is part cuteness blended perfectly in with sheer innocence. The mystery as to whether he is a vampire or a normal human being turned out to be the core of the story, and basically steered the flick forward. Obviously Genndy had little in his bag but he still managed to helm it quite beautifully.

CGI is good. All the voices were great! That Adam Sandler voice would occasionally do it for you. Frankenstein, Wayne, Griffin, Murray, and Blobby complemented him and made humour even more enjoyable.

Watch out for that GPS! It made me want one with that funny voice!