Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018)

GENNDY TARTAKOVSKY

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2018.  , , .  Screenplay by , Genndy Tartakovsky, based on characters created by .  Produced by .  Music by , .  Production Design by .  Film Editing by .

With his daughter’s happiness well secured by her marriage in the previous film, Dracula () is left to focus on himself and, in his solitude, realizes that he is missing the “zing” he had with his late wife.  Daughter Mavis () interprets his being lonely as being in need of a break, so she takes him, her little family and all their friends on a ghoulish cruise from the Bermuda Triangle to the Lost City of Atlantis, something of a busman’s holiday for a man who goes from running a hotel to relaxing on what he rightly points out is a hotel on water.  On board, however, Dracula notices the ship’s captain Ericka () and is certain that he has found his always reliable zing; he trades his cape in for a tropical shirt and spiffy white loafers, unaware that Ericka is actually connected to a dark aspect of his past survival.  Silly, charming and perpetually hilarious, this colourful second sequel to the surprise hit franchise is a steady stream of laughs and bright tunes, as light and unimportant as its predecessors and blessed with a bouncy pace and a genuinely good nature.

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