DVD Tuesday with Tony Toscano looks at Hotel Transylvania 3 and more movies

Good Morning Utah

10/09/2018 –

It’s DVD Blu Ray Tuesday and film critic Tony Toscano reviews the following movies. 

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation

Taking a vacation on a summer cruise with his family, Count Dracula makes a romantic connection.
“Hotel Transylvania 3” is a summer kid’s film, but being the 3rd in the series it has almost run its course as the movie is losing its freshness.

Some of the comedy works and will keep your kids smiling, but there are no big laughs in the movie as the humor degenerates into jokes involving gas passing which are repeated over and over and over.
That’s not say the film isn’t likable it still has a little charm left, but overall Drac and the rest have overstayed their welcome and need to check out.

“Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation” gets a C and is rated PG.

In the film, Dwayne Johnson plays an ex FBI agent who now assesses security for skyscrapers. On assignment in Hong Kong he finds the tallest, safest building in the world suddenly ablaze, and he’s been framed for it. A wanted man on the run, he must find those responsible, clear his name and somehow rescue his family who are trapped inside the building.
“Skyscraper” is basically a mash-up between “Die Hard” and “The Towering Inferno,” but without any of the intensity of either. The script steals liberally from both films, but really never adds in anything new or original.
In the first 30 minutes of the film, one gets the impression it going to be played somewhat for laughs or at least have a sense of itself, but unfortunately no.
The audience isn’t that lucky, as the film takes itself much too seriously.

“Skyscraper” is an exercise in escalation, as the film stacks more and more ridiculous obstacles in front of our hero. To the point where, at least in the screening I attended, one audience member shouted out, “Oh, come on!.” 

The movie, which should have been a total popcorn muncher, disintegrates into a frustrating mess that fortunately will be forgotten on the drive home.

“Skyscraper” gets a D and is rated PG-13.

Hotel Artemis

Set in riot-torn, near-future Los Angeles, ‘Hotel Artemis’ follows the Nurse, who runs a secret, members-only emergency room for criminals.
“Hotel Artemis” wants to offer up a slick, edgy and stylized film.

The problem there isn’t much gong on in the plot for the audience to grab onto. “Hotel Artemis” is told in a clunky vignette style, never coming to the point. The film just meanders around a few disjointed subplots but never lands any solid ground.
What the audience is left with is a messy, bland and unfulfilling movie experience.

“Hotel Artemis” gets a D and is rated R.

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