Movie Tip – Hotel Transylvania: Transformania

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There are two great reasons for me to mostly stay at home this week: 1) It has become super cold in New York City. Temperatures are most of the time below freezing. 2) I am just very pregnant and can’t move much anymore.

While my nesting phase has me clean our apartment thoroughly, I also need plenty of breaks. So I was super excited to be able to watch “Hotel Transylvania: Transformania” already a few days before its official premiere on Prime Video this Friday, 14 January. I had wanted to see it in the movies in October, before that was totally cancelled due to Covid. Here is the trailer:

To be honest, right now when it is so freezing outside, I enjoy watching movies from our sofa even more. I hide under a fleece blanket, the cats snuggle up to me. Besides, I drink some hot fruit tea and snack (right now my favorites still are pickle potato chips and the remains of our Christmas chocolates). Then I disappear in different worlds for a while. What could be more fun than to delve into a world of funny monsters that need to travel from Transylvania to South America to save their “monstrosity”?!

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This is what “Hotel Transylvania: Transformania” is about

Drac and the Pack are back, like you’ve never seen them before in Hotel Transylvania: Transformania. Reunite with your favorite monsters for an all-new adventure that presents Drac (Brian Hull) with his most terrifying task yet. When Van Helsing’s (Jim Gaffigan) mysterious invention, the ‘Monsterification Ray,’ goes haywire, Drac and his monster pals are all transformed into humans, and Johnny (Andy Samberg) becomes a monster! In their new mismatched bodies, Drac, stripped of his powers, and an exuberant Johnny, loving life as a monster, must team up and race across the globe to find a cure before it’s too late, and before they drive each other crazy. With help from Mavis (Selena Gomez) and the hilariously human Drac Pack, the heat is on to find a way to switch themselves back before their transformations become permanent. The film also features the voices of Kathryn Hahn (Ericka), Steve Buscemi (Wayne), Molly Shannon (Wanda), David Spade (Griffin the Invisible Man), Keegan-Michael Key (Murray), Fran Drescher (Eunice), Brad Abrell (Frank), and Asher Blinkoff (Dennis).

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My verdict

I loved the movie because it is light and fun. All the characters are lovable and, even though they are all different, all relatable. I ended up laughing out loud many times, e.g. when Griffin becomes visible or when werewolves Wayne and Wanda had to deal with their kids. It was also extremely funny when the monster-turned-human men tried to hide from their wives in the hotel.

On a different level I can totally understand the conflict between Drac and Johnny – or father- and son-in-law. Them going on a big trip to South America and trying to work everything out makes sense and is much funnier for the audience than for the two main characters.

Personally, I like all the Hotel Transylvania movies and can’t wait to watch them again in the future with my daughter because I think they are perfect family entertainment. Animated movies with funny (looking) characters are just amazing because the characters seem so different, but in fact are usually just like most of us.

If you want to know more, check out #HotelTransylvania on social media and/or watch the movie on Prime Video – it comes out this Friday:

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