This past weekend was a full one for us. I love busy weekends, almost as much as the lazy ones. They’re fairly rare for us, so it’s easier to appreciate them.
One of the things that we fid this weekend was go to the Auto-Rama Drive-In in Valley City, OH, our first trip to the Drive-Ins since Harry Potter 5 and The Order of the Phoenix was released. We used to go all the time when we lived in NY, but had yet to attend one in OH.
This weekend we finally went, mainly because they finally played two movies on one screen that we wanted to see: Hotel Transylvania 2 and Pixels.
Normally I get a little nervous with sequels, they always have that potential to go horribly wrong, but thankfully, this did not.
For those who didn’t see the previews, the movie starts at Mavis and Johnny’s wedding. Then we get to see Mavis pregnant, which I was a little shocked they put in the movie, but definitely enjoyed. Then we meet little Dennis, the spitting image of his human daddy.
Dracula is a doting vamp-pa, and I love seeing his character act just as goofy as he was in the first movie. It’s always funny seeing a character that takes themselves so serious, acting like a goofball. Watching him interact, really watching all of the monsters interact, with the humans is amusing after the total fear and hatred of said humans in the first movie.
The plot thickens, as Mavis considers moving to CA, near Johnny’s family, because Dennis is showing no monster tendencies, and the hotel is too dangerous for a human child. Dracula convinces Johnny to take Mavis to CA for a visit, a trial run almost, while Dracula tries to fix the the situation. Fixing it, in this case, meaning getting Dennis to show his monster side.
While Mavis is off enjoying CA, much hilarity here, Dracula enlists the aid of his friends to force Dennis into monster – hood so he doesn’t lose his grandson. A lot of these moments were in the preview, like throwing him off the tower, but that whole camp sequence had me rolling!
There were some unexpected sweet moments in this movie, for instance the adorable way Dennis and Winny, Wolfman’s daughter, love on each other. If you have a toddler, you’ve probably seen this kind of love and hug bit going on, and it’s made even cuter by them referring to each other as “zing”.
Also shown in the previews, Dracula’s father gets involved, but shockingly he’s not the villain of the end. The actual villain and final confrontation was a little more intense than I expected.
Can’t wait for this to come out on DVD and digital (remember when it was VHS and DVD, or DVD and Blu Ray. This is getting complicated!) because I’m ready to see it again! Definitely recommend seeing this one.
Happy family viewing all!