After his rental car breaks down, shy bank clerk Stanley Ipkiss (Jim Carrey) finds a mysterious mask one night floating in the sea. He tries it on when he gets home and the mask transforms him into a cartoony superhero, complete with animated antics, and brings his inner personality including newfound confidence and romantic side to the surface. He has two simple goals for using his newly acquired powers: To put a stop to the gangsters robbing the bank and win over the girl of dreams, lounge singer Tina Carlyle (Cameron Diaz).
It’s ironic that in real life, people wear masks to obscure who they are, but in the movie, the mask brings out the best in Stanley while bringing out the worst in the main gangster, Dorian (Peter Greene).
Jim Carrey brings his A-game and his trademark animated physical comedy as the titular character of The Mask and in my opinion is one of his best performances. You can even hear and see a bit of what he would bring to another well-known green character years later. Hint: He hates Christmas!
The Mask is funny and a ton of fun, but isn’t meant for kids. Language is frequent including such classics as damn, what the hell, son of a bitch, and several misuses of God’s name. There’s also a lot of gun violence, some for comedic reasons, and some with the intention of hurting certain characters. Whoever wears the mask can be shot at and not permanently hurt or killed. This might give kids the wrong impression. There’s a little bit of innuendo as well. This movie is fine for teens and adults, but parents will want to wait until younger kids are older for them to watch. You can stream it til the end of this month on Tubi or rent it on Amazon.
All good things must unfortunately come to an end.
Dracula (Brian Hull) is planning on retiring and giving the hotel to Johnny (Andy Samberg) and Mavis (Selena Gomez) but changes his mind when Johhny starts listing all the changes he’ll make to the hotel. To make matters worse, he lies about his reasons for changing his mind, Johnny goes to Van Helsing (Jim Gaffigan) for help. He wants to become a monster so that he can keep the hotel and fit in with the rest of Mavis’s family. His wish is granted, but it comes with a price: becoming a crazed, mindless beast forever. Due to the magic crystal backfiring, the monsters become humans. “It’s like Freaky Friday, but on a Tuesday though!” They have a limited amount of time to fix things before their Freaky Friday on a Tuesday becomes permanent.
Hotel Transylvania: Transformania was a great end to one of my favorite movie series. It’s so much fun! The Freaky Friday plot is perfect for animation. Brian Hull replaces Adam Sandler and is so good I can’t tell the difference! It’s too bad there won’t be any more Hotel Transylvania movies. I think they could easily keep the franchise, but four is a good place to stop. At least they ended on a high note. You can stream it now on Amazon Prime.