I remember seeing the classic 60s TV adaptation of The Addams Family growing up and saw it give rise to the awesome 90s films that would come later and even some so-so video games based off of it as well. The latest incarnation is the 2019 film, The Addams Family, which is also the first time it’s been animated for the big screen. Older fans and viewers will get some laughs and nostalgia from it, but it’s really the kids who will have a not so spooky but kooky time here.
The plot starts a few years in the past as Gomez Addams (Oscar Isaac) and Morticia (Charlize Theron) get married and are soon chased away from the local townspeople as their family and misunderstood ways are viewed as weirdos and freaks. This leads them to move to one of the weirdest places on Earth…New Jersey. They find a home in a haunted asylum and have lived in enough peace to start a family with their daughter Wednesday (Chloë Grace Moretz) and son Pugsley (Finn Wolfhard).
Jump to present time and the two are now teenagers and are coming of age which means Pugsley has to learn the Addams’ tradition of becoming a man that involves all sorts of weird rituals and swordplay, and Wednesday is slowly starting to rebel against her mom and family by trying to fit in with the local teens at school. As if things couldn’t get any kookier, a family reunion is coming up and Uncle Fester (Nick Kroll) is the first to arrive to help Pugsley with the family ritual, but the family will also have to deal with the town perfectionist and home renovation reality TV star Margaux (Allison Janney) who see the Addams’ dreary home as an eyesore to their perfect and colorful community.
Will the Addams family be able to have their family reunion in peace while getting everyone to accept them? Or will Margaux and the neighborhood push them out of town? You’ll have to watch and see for yourself, but I can say without a doubt you’ll have a good time doing so. I really enjoyed how there are numerous nods to the classic 60s show as well as the 90s films throughout the film, as well as the original Charles Addams comics that the look of this movie takes from. But it’s clear by the toned down humor and slightly less dark hijinks that this is more for the kids and younger viewers than old school fans and older ones.
That’s not to say there’s anything wrong with that, and clearly it isn’t since the film was a box office success with a sequel on the way. It’s also pretty cool how the all-star cast did great in voicing the characters and bringing them to life, from Oscar Isaac and Charlize Theron who nail Gomez and Morticia nicely, to others such as Martin Short, Catherine O’Hara, Bette Midler, and of all people Snoop Dogg as Cousin It (which are random recordings of him played backwards and sped up. And yes I took the time to decipher that.).
The visuals and audio are great thanks to a high-definition, Blu-ray release, but it makes me wonder just how awesome it would’ve been had it been released in 4K. There’s a few special features to check out such as deleted/extended scenes that are fun, “Charades with Thing” is a fun time with the always handy character, there’s also behind the scenes extras on making the film, music videos and more.
I have to admit I had a really good time with The Addams Family, as it surprised me with how crazy and kooky it was for fans like myself while also still being accessible to kids and newcomers. If you’re looking for a different kind of fun time for all, then be sure to pay a visit to this family and see em, as they really are a scream (of a good time).