August Keller

@WritesAugust

Much like the stereotypes attributed to its target demographic, Hotel Transylvania 3 is full of frustrating levels of unrealized potential. Audiences may be encouraged by the lavish narrative, moments of charming wit and a captivating climax; however, those same viewers will also have to endure a jumbled script overstuffed with stale story lines. Hotel Transylvania 3 attempts (& achieves) many interesting ideas yet is unfortunately bogged down by attempting too much else along the way.

Hotel Transylvania 3 almost comes off as insecure, as if it doesn’t trust any particular idea and compensates by cycling through as many as possible. The most enjoyable parts in Hotel Transylvania 3 are the times when it slows down, either for family moments, solid jokes, or a surprisingly epic confrontation. Alas, those moments are few and far between. In the end, sparse uses of artful framing, compelling sound and clever humor are not enough to completely redeem this muddled experience. Lush with engrossing and insipid efforts alike, Hotel Transylvania 3 is a monster mishmash.

Writing: 2/10
Direction: 4/10
Cinematography: 6/10
Acting: 4/10
Editing: 3/10
Sound: 8/10
Score/Soundtrack: 7/10
Production Design: 6/10
Casting: 6/10
Effects: 7/10

Overall Score: 5.3/10