HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA (2012)
3 and a half out of 5 stars
Hotel Transylvania is a hotel owned by Dracula exclusively for monsters and certainly not for humans. On the eve of his daughter’s 118th birthday, a human being, Jonathan, stumbles into the hotel and these monsters would never be the same again.
Jonathan: Are these monster gonna kill me?
Dracula: Not as long as they think you’re a monster.
Jonathan: That’s kinda racist.
This was really funny and it reminded me a little of Monsters, Inc. where the monsters are actually afraid of humans! They think humans still wave pitchforks and torches to kill creatures of the night. So they are surprised to see Jonathan a.k.a. Johnnystein, who is so laidback and fun to be with.
One of my favourites is the table-surfing scene. That was really cool and if I weren’t afraid of flying tables, I would want to play it too! And they got the parts about the contact lenses right as well. That bit was featured in the trailers and it’s true – us, contact lens wearers poke and touch our eyeballs all the time. Yucks!
Dracula: I do not say “blah blah blah”!
The part about the Zing! is kind of sweet too. Too think monsters believe in true love! The last scene where the monsters are all singing was nice too – Andy Samberg is rapping!
FUNNY PEOPLE (2009)
– 3 out of 5 stars
Funny People, though directed by Judd Apatow, is not really funny at all.
It’s about a celebrity comedian George Simmons, who has been diagnosed with a life-threatening disease. When he goes back to do stand-up comedy again, he notices Ira, a struggling stand-up comedian, and decides to hire him as his personal assistant. George notifies Ira of his illness and Ira tries to help him re-connect with the people he cast aside – his comedian friends, family and ex-fiance, Laura.
The funny parts are the processes, I think. Like when they visit George’s doctor with the very thick accent, they start making fun of him and even the doctor starts joking with him. The scene where Ira cries and spills snot all over their lunch. The part where Eminem disses Ray Ramano of Everybody Loves Raymond fame (“And I thought everybody loved you…”). Eric Bana is also hilarious with his thick Australian accent. I liked the part where his wife, Laura, fakes his accent in a horrible way and tries to quarrel with him – even he doesn’t get what she’s talking about.
Otherwise, the movie also makes jokes on the real-life situations of the actors. Like how Seth Rogen lost his charm after he lost the extra pounds, or how Jonah Hill looks like the XXXL-version of himself. Oops. But at the end of the day, it’s all about becoming a better person.