Introducing the most eccentric group of people, you will ever see on screen. They are famously known as The Addams Family. This is the first time we have seen this family in a cartoon animation feature. The film opens with a backstory as we witness the wedding of Gomez Addams (Oscar Issac) & Morticia (Charlize Theron). During their ceremony, they are interrupted by the people from the town demanding they leave their community. You see Gomez and Morticia are very different. The type of behaviour one might see from a member of The Addams family can be classed as scary and frighting.
So, with the community pushing out The Addams Family far away, Gomez and Morticia decide to move far away where they can be left alone in peace. They soon discover an abandoned insane asylum located on top of a mountain. The abandoned property is dark, cold and an evil presence lurks within. Feeling right at home, they decide it is the perfect place to start a new family.
Fast forward to the present day, and the family now have two children- Wednesday (Chloe Grace Moretz) and Pugsley (Finn Wolfhard). Life for Addams Family seems perfect until a few surprises come their way. Within the community, a famous house designer and renovator, Margaux Needler (Allison Janney), is selling homes and growing the area. Unfortunately for her, people are not interested in purchasing luxury homes where they can catch a glimpse of The Addams Family mansion on top of a mountain. Now Margaux will do whatever it takes to fix this little problem of hers. On top of that, Wednesday Addams begins to question what life would be like if she went outside, made a friend, or attended a school like everyone else.
Growing up, I have always been a fan of The Addams Family, particularly the two motion picture features that arrived in cinemas back in 1991 & 1993. I also recall being glued to my Nintendo playing The Addams Family video game which I loved with all my heart. When I first heard about this animation in development, I welcomed it because it felt so long since we had any type Addams Family feature film.
The voice work found within The Addams Family film was great. I partially enjoyed Oscar Isaac as Gomez. He delivers countless one-liners and over the top dad Jokes. The chemistry between him and actress Charlize Theron was also humorous throughout the film. I was also surprised to find actress Bette Midler provided the voice over for the Grandma Addams, which I felt was also fun and fitting.
As a plot, for the most part, the film is rather pleasing. I enjoyed seeing key elements such as witnessing the marriage of our lead characters, and sometimes the film greets its viewers with flashbacks. But the film’s villain and her premise made me feel a little disappointed. I also understand that this is purely aimed at young children. It is also always evident that any type of Addams Family film would be dark and contain some scary themes. But out of any motion picture movie based on the Addams Family that I have seen, this film certainly feels like it is the darkest which surprised me as it is a kid’s film. One example of this is when Pugsley is seen crawling on the walls. His eyes are glowing, and he has a twisted expression on his face.
Overall, I had a lovely time revisiting the creepy and spooky Addams Family. The animation itself feels familiar, and then the film attempts to introduce new jokes and gags which we have not seen before. As for the plot, I enjoyed the introduction and flashbacks within the film, but as the film progressed forward, I could not help but feel slightly disappointed, particularly with the film’s villain. Those revisiting will generally know what to expect, but newcomers with young children should be mindful of the film’s dark tones here.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden