Hotel Transylvania ★★★

While I was thinking about what to write for my Hotel Transylvania entry, I could not grasp exactly what about this comedy makes it less stellar than some classic, beloved animated films. There's something off - is it the voice acting of Adam Sandler and Selena Gomez? The storytelling? The visuals? The pacing? The characterization of the monsters? All of this was done real well.
So what...?
Then it dawned on me: there's no actual villain. The main clincher for Hotel Transylvania is just the forbidden love between Mavis and Jonathan, and how Drac tried to separate them (in line with the humans vs. monsters subplot.) That was a risky choice with minimal returns. The lack of antagonistic action may be a vacation for parents opting for a family friendly watch, but that's my que for an early Hotel Transylvania checkout.

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