WordPresshas been very laggy for me this past week. For 2 days, it would not give me access to the site, and then it would work again for a day. It made this review take a lot longer to complete. 2 more films after this one.
My opinion right after watching film
My opinion right after the film is that I suffered through a lot worse this year. Not to say that the film is good whatsoever, since there are notable flaws. The plot is pretty thin, the characters are one-dimensional, and the music is grating. What I can say is that when they evoke emotion, it is decent.
The only information I could find on the production of the film is that they announced the sequel in November 2012; 2 months after the first film was released.
I never watched the first film, but I do know enough about it. So the movie starts off with Mavis (Selena Gomez) and Johnny (Andy Samberg) getting married, with humans and monsters having no issues with interactions. Apparently Mavis is not processing why her grandfather Vlad (Mel Brooks) would not be okay with the wedding, and if only he met her husband. Wasn’t she raised knowing her grandfather is like this? Why is this even a thought? Some time later, the couple try to tell Dracula (Adam Sandler) that they are expecting a baby.
Their child named Dennis (Asher Blinkoff) is born, and as we get a short montage of birthdays and moments, we learn that he is not growing his fangs, and he may not get fangs. Apparently the latest a vampire gets their fangs is on their 5th birthday. Mostly everyone is doubting he is a vampire, but Dracula is more than determined (obsessively determined) to get his grandson’s fangs out.
Mavis tells her father that the atmosphere of the hotel is too dangerous for Dennis, since he is very different. He is going to pre-school, so they he cannot do a lot of the same activities that the other monsters do for a living. Dracula is trying to force Dennis’ fangs to come out, and I am already sick of this plot.
We get some filler of Mavis and Dracula going to the party, where she has too much fun, and forgets how dangerous it is. She tells her father that her and Johnny have been discussing moving Dennis to where Johnny grew up, so he can be safer (which Johnny ironically does not want, since he likes the castle). The married couple decides to go back to where he lives to see if she will like it before making the final decision, which leaves Dracula babysitting Dennis.
It takes like 20-25 minutes to see Mavis adjust to the human world, and Dracula (as well as his crew) take Dennis to vampire training to scare his fangs to approach.
It is clear that no one but Mavis is looking forward to the move (though Johnny’s family does not really care). There are a lot of jokes and gimmicks that take up a majority of the plot. I am not that familiar with the original movie to compare it to that, so I am mostly focusing on it as a sole film. Mavis thought it was a good idea to invite her human-bigoted grandfather Vlad to the party, since they never met. What good did she expect of this, if s he refused to show up to her wedding, and has these very strong opinions of it.
Grandpa Vlad shows up, and Dracula has all the humans pretend to be a vampire, while hiding Dennis from him. Long story short, everyone is arguing (even though it is pretty much everyone vs Mavis), and no one notices that Dennis runs off with some wolf named Winnie (Sadie Sandler). Vlad’s assistant Bela (Rob Riggle) becomes the last-ditch effort villain, and attacks the two because Dennis is not the monster. When Bela attacks Winnie, guess what? DENNIS’S FANGS GROW. I think we ALL saw this coming for a few reasons. 1, it gives them an excuse for another movie. 2, the movie is painting Mavis as the opinion that is wrong, and 3, it is a copout to get out of the main conflict and theme of the film. Everyone defeats Bela, Vlad accepts the fact that humans and monsters do not hate one another, and Dennis, Johnny, and Mavis stay at the move, cancelling the move.
The characters were not impressive whatsoever. They were extremely flat, gave the most basic development, and were very one-dimensional. It was very hard to enjoy any of the characters in the film.
I get it that the animation is supposed to be cartoony, and I expect nothing less, but it is just not my taste. Everything was decently done I guess.
The songs and score are horrible. Mostly the songs are. I do not need to hear incessant pop songs in a film for absolutely no reason other than to fit in with the trend. I was expecting more dramatic or vampire-themed music, but not even that was in the film. I was disappointed.
Reception at Release
When the film was released on September 25th, 2015, the film grossed about $167 million in North America, and grossed $269 million overseas, with a total amount of $437.1 million as of December 3rd, 2015. Sony announced a few weeks ago that there is going to be another sequel released in September 2018, after the success of this film.
The critical reception for the film is mixed, with many saying that it is better than the original film, though others saying that it is not a god sequel to the first. Most do not care for it for repeating the same issues that Sony tends to have in every film.
= 19/40 =48%