Saturday, September 29, 2012

Hotel Transylvania : A Fun Break From The Darker Side Of The Genre

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Jen and I went out on a little date tonight, first to grab some ice cream from our favorite homemade ice cream joint and then to go see Hotel Transylvania, with the hopes that the night would bring some much needed childlike joy into our lives.  Between some recent personal stuff that's been going on, and of course the always constant consumption of R rated horror flicks, it was something we were definitely in need of, especially after somehow managing to miss last month's ParaNorman, during its theatrical run.  Happy to say that the one two punch of homemade coconut avocado ice cream(!) and this little mad monster party were precisely what the doctor ordered for us.  Remember that scene at the end of The Munsters' Scary Little Christmas, where all the famous monsters gather together to rock out and have fun?  Yea, well that's Hotel Transylvania, only expanded to an hour and a half running time.  And that's fun, if you're asking me.

I'm a few adult cocktails deep at these point, a result of some after date drinking and Saturday Night Live watching, so pardon me if this particular review isn't up to my usual professional standards.  Then again, are my posts ever really professional anyway?  I'm not sure, but I do know they're a lot easier to type when I'm sober.  Yea, I'm drunk while writing a review of a kids movie, what of it?

Ya know, it's really not often that I ever sit down to watch animated movies, and its even rarer that I go to see them in the theater.  In fact, I can't even tell you the last time I saw such a movie in the theater.  It's just not something I'm generally into, as I tend to prefer live action stuff, with real human beings and such.  Once I actually sit down and watch a lot of these types of movies, I do tend to love them, it's just the whole sitting down to watch them thing that I never seem to want to do.  Even as a kid, it was always Freddy Krueger over Bugs Bunny.  It was just never my thing.  I like real stuff, which is I suppose why I always loved wrestling.  Har, har.  You try getting slammed on that mat.  It hurts.

That said, I had an absolute blast with Hotel Transylvania (thank you, Google spell check) and its clever monsters are scared of humans approach tonight, and I gotta say, it was really nice to sit back and take in something that didn't have blood, guts and boobies in it, while still belonging largely to the horror genre.  It admittedly does sometimes get tiring watching nothing but torture and murder, and this movie provided a real refreshing break for me personally.  The usual monsters were all there - Frankenstein, Dracula, The Blob and The Fly - but it was all about fun this time around, which is something that I probably don't get enough of from the movies I typically consume.  Case in point, we watched Frontier(s) earlier in the day.  Yea, that's the kinda shit that normally assaults our senses.

It was also nice to see a movie in the theater with mostly young kids in the audience, which is something I quite frankly never get to experience (mostly seeing R rated movies, and all).  Remember in Finding Neverland when they have that play at the end, and they give free tickets to a bunch of kids, who they spread out throughout the crowd, so their joy and laughter will spread to the adults in the audience?  Well yea, that totally works, which is largely why its so much fun to see a movie like this in the theater.  Even when you, as an adult, may not be laughing, the joy of children laughing behind you is absolutely infectious, and is guaranteed to put a smile on your face.  Unless you're a total dick.

As usual with animated films, this one has a strong undercurrent of very adult messages, everything from tolerance to overcoming past fears, being a good parent to fully living your life, while even touching upon the fact that our society has come to embrace monsters more in recent years than it ever has.  So yea, all that stuff running under the fun all helps to add to the experience.  I don't know where I'm going with this paragraph, since I'm getting to the point where I just want to pass out, but I wanted to crowbar that in somewhere.  So there's that.

Here's the deal.  Hotel Transylvania isn't the greatest animated movie ever, and if I'm being honest, it's not as funny as I hoped it would be, and I didn't quite fall in love with it as much as I had hoped to.  But I still had a complete blast with it, and left the theater with a big ole smile on my face, the kind of smile that I don't typically tend to leave a movie theater with.  With the taste of ice cream still in my mouth, and while holding the hand of my 'zing', I couldn't help but feel an incredible sense of joy tonight, the joy that only comes from getting back in touch with your inner child.  OK, I'm totally drunk at this point and it's showing.  I'm a couple more sips away from an "I love you all so much!!!", and I should probably just shut up right now. 

Hotel Transylvania is the kind of movie that makes me wish I had a kid, so I could enjoy it with him (or her).  But since I'm nowhere near ready to take on such a responsibility, let me rephrase that.  Hotel Transylvania is the kind of movie I cannot wait to show my kid of the future.  If he, or she, is not into it, then I'm paternity testing that little sumbitch.  Because he, or she, but hopefully he, must belong to that new guy that started at Jen's job that she swears is gay, in an effort to throw me off their lecherous tail.  Shit, now people are gonna think I'm saying that only gay people are going to not like this movie.  Not what I meant at all.  I'm just saying ... ugh ... nevermind!

One thing I must mention.  If there's ever a sequel to this movie, please Sony, more Parnell Fly!!!  Favorite little monster in the whole movie, and he didn't get nearly enough screen time.  **There would be a picture of him here, but I can't find a single one on the net.  No respect, I tell ya**

Take the kids.  Take the wife.  Get in touch with your inner child and take a break from the blood, guts and torture.  Hotel Transylvania is the most fun I've had with monsters in a long time.  And I promise you'll have a blast too.  Unless you're a dick.

Hey by the way.  Don't you wish there more live action kiddie horror movies, like there used to be?  Because I do.  So I'm gonna project my feelings onto you and assume you do too.  And doesn't Wreck It Ralph look completely awesome?  Because it totally does.  Glad you agree.

We now return to dark, brutal shit.  Goodnight!

1 comment:

AllHallowSteve said...

Nice post.

I had a great time at this too.
It felt like a faster-paced and updated version of Mad Monster Party to me.