December 31, 2013.

This blog is now closed. After three years and 311 posts, I have decided to end this blog. I have enjoyed watching the films, reviewing them, and interacting with global readers.

If you are interested in contacting me, you can do so by commenting on any of the posts. The blog will remain live on the web.
Thank you to all the readers for your comments, ideas, and thoughts. They were helpful, stimulating, and enriching. This is Alene, signing off.

January 26, 2013

Hotel Transylvania (2012)

When it's over, fluff overpowers the story. I liked the animation, the visual details, and the comedy, but too many "filler" scenes proved to hinder story development. In present day, monsters fear humans. Dracula's (Adam Sandler) secret resort for monsters becomes compromised when a human (Andy Samberg) stumbles upon the hotel and falls for his daughter (Selena Gomez). This film lacked wit and emotional punch.  It doesn't compare to films like, How to Train Your Dragon, Despicable Me, Up, Toy Story, and Ice Age, just to name a few. Those films engaged viewers of all ages, where this film did not.  Hotel Transylvania was the type of animated film that you enjoy at the moment and quickly forget afterwards. There were no memorable scenes and no memorable characters. The kids will definitely enjoy the slapstick and music, but for adults, there wasn't much intelligence in it for adults to embrace. But then again, this film wasn't geared to please the big people. My advice - don't expect too much and go with the flow. 

My rating: 3 out of 5

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