My 11-year-old and 9-year-old really wanted to see “Hotel Transylvania” so we went this weekend. The 5-year-old was scared throughout much of “Brave” earlier this summer so I wanted to leave her at home with her father. When I told her she was going to be cleaning the playroom, she decided to be brave and see the movie with us. And as it turned out “Hotel Transylvania” wasn’t scary at all. It was mostly funny with a little bit of “sad stuff,” according to the 5-year-old.
I was worried at first. It seemed like a rip-off of “Nemo” and “Tangled” thrown together and I was seeing Adam Sandler and not Count Dracula. His song at the beginning just made me picture him in “Saturday Nigh Live” singing on Weekend Update. But then as the other characters were added, it got better. Andy Samberg’s human was particularly loveable, and I really like Kevin James’s Frankenstein and the Steve Buscemi’s Wayne the Wolfman.
There were several times throughout the movie where Count Dracula would lose his temper and his eyes go red and he’s supposed to be scary but it didn’t really scare my 5-year-old.
The sad part comes at the end. My 5-year-old was sad about Dracula’s daughter leaving the nest and finding love. (I was surprised she was sensitive to that.)
Overall I would recommend “Hotel Transylvania.” Common Sense Media said 7 was the youngest age that should see it, but my 5-year-old did fine. It’s not “Toy Story” or even as cute as “Tangled” but it was laugh out loud funny and the kids enjoyed it.
Did you see “Hotel Transylvania” this weekend? What did your kids think? What did you think? Did they find it to be scary? Would you recommend it? Did you see 3D or 2D?