The Addams Family review

They’re creepy and they’re kooky. Mysterious and spooky. They’re all together ooky. The Addams family.

The Addams Family are sort of a typical suburban family but the exact opposite. They enjoy everything miserable and creepy and never give a crud about what anyone else says. The first movie from 1991 and its sequel are pretty much what you’d think they be like in a movie. The animated reboot unfortunately doesn’t really go all out with its dark humor or atmosphere. It feels a lot more safe and more for kids. The comedy is still funny at times. One of my favorite jokes is when Gomez and Morticia run over Lurch and cheerfully say “We hit something!”. Jokes like that work in this type of premise. However a lot of the other jokes feel a lot like ones that I’ve seen in previous family movies.

Some of the stuff that should have been great in animation was sort of a mixed bag for me. Some of the voice talents are good like Charlize Theron being a good choice as Morticia but some didn’t feel well casted like Nick Kroll as Uncle Fester and Bette Midler doesn’t really get to shine as Grandmama. Some of the character designs are really good and match there comic designs but still some of the other character designs just look too freaky to me especially Wednesday’s friend Parker and Pugsley.

For all my mixed feelings on the character designs and voice talents of the other characters, these qualities do however contribute to my favorite character and also my favorite thing from this movie, Wednesday Addams. She has such a great design that fits her character and casting Chloë Grace Moretz to play her was pitch perfect. I also liked her “rebellious phase”.

This was probably the most ok movie I’ve seen this year. It you want to introduce your kids to the Addams Family franchise than this is a good starter before than can get into the more dark and edgy stuff like the live action movies and I’m sure fans of the original show or previous movies will like this too.

+ Wednesday Addams
+/- The character designs
+/- The humor
+/- The voice cast
– Too safe

Score: B-




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