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Cinemas might be moving closer to reopening but there’s still no shortage of films for all the family on our streaming services. The most recent Hotel Transylvania drops on Netflix after success on the big screen, whilst new thriller 7500 bypasses multiplexes to make its debut on Amazon Prime Video. Sky Cinema, meanwhile, says thanks… to Hanks.
New to Netflix
Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation
Adam Sandler returns as the voice of a charmingly exasperated Count Dracula in this animated threequel, this time taking his gang of ghouls – such as The Mummy, The Invisible Man and Frankenstein’s monster – away from Transylvania and off on a holiday cruise. Hey, even the Prince of Darkness needs a break too, you know. Unfortunately for Drac, his arch nemesis – a certain vampire hunter called Van Helsing – might not be too far away.
WATCH: Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation
The Hotel Transylvania films have been quietly keeping children happy and making millions at the box-office since 2012 (with another on the way next year) and whilst they’ve hardly hit Pixar levels of admiration, A MONSTER VACATION is actually the best yet. The cruise ship setting injects the franchise with the some new ideas and its restless inventiveness – including gross-out moments for the kids and a bit of romance for the parents – ultimately leads to a welcome message of inclusivity and diversity. An inspired final dance scene also means that things end on a high. Who knew that monsters loved to macarena?
Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation is on Netflix now
New to Amazon Prime Video
Aeroplane-based disaster movies aren’t anything new but 7500 (named after the air traffic code for a hijack) manages to both dial down the spectacle and turbo boost the tension. How? By setting the majority of its action in a pilot’s locked cockpit. Anything else we see only via CCTV footage, with first officer Tobias (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) forced to fly the plane solo whilst helplessly watching terrorists wreak havoc in the aisles behind him. It’s a role that Gordon-Levitt – so great in The Dark Knight Rises – nails perfectly. He’s no superhero, just an everyday guy.
7500 is a deliberately uncomfortable watch. It’s claustrophobic and raw without even any musical score to soften its edges and it doesn’t flinch at asking awkward questions. There’s also an…