‘Hotel Transylvania 2’ features positivity

By: Maytinee Kramer//Contributing Writer

Vampires, zombies, mummies and werewolves may be thought of as terrifying, but if you were to ask Count Dracula, he would simply tell you monsters are nothing but peace-loving creatures that have been unfairly labeled and treated.

Just in time for Halloween, the follow-up family comedy to “Hotel Transylvania,” “Hotel Transylvania 2,” starring the voices of Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, Andy Samberg and Asher Blinkoff, puts the fun in funny, giving adults plenty of appropriate jokes to appreciate while children have their boo-ha-has.

“Hotel Transylvania 2” is cute and slightly spooky, but definitely sends out a positive heartfelt message on family unity and diversity. Having a change of heart over his monster-only guest policy, Dracula opens up his hotel to humans, and it seems things are changing for the better.

Though having opened up to humans and monsters living amongst each other, he is still concerned that his half-human grandson, Dennis, may not be a vampire, and comes up with a plan to draw out the boy’s potential abilities. Things turn topsy-turvy when Dracula’s father, who is ancient and detests humans, turns up with the expectation of Dennis also continuing the Dracula family line.

By acknowledging the fact that not everyone can conform to preconceived ideals, this movie says “being different is okay.” Moreover, “Hotel Transylvania 2” functions as a social-allegory on a number of levels and recognizes the need for an open mind in life and love. This spooky feel-good family comedy gave me a heart-warming feeling, and is quite the treat mixed in with a few tricks.

All in all: 5/5

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