After being run out of their old home, the Addams family must contend
with new neighbors and a family tradition in their new home.
The Addams Family (2019)
Directed by Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan
Written by Matt Lieberman
Starring Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz,
Finn Wolfhard, Nick Kroll, Allison Janney, Bette Midler, Snoop Dogg
Based on the 1964-1966 TV series
Reboot of 1991's The Addams Family
There’s something to be said about the importance of what I like to call gateway horror. These are films which are aimed primarily at children and offer them their own version of a spooky good time. These are important because it does two things: help young horror fans have something to watch and give older ones something to watch with their children. To me, that’s where The Addams Family falls into. It also has one unique distinction: it’s been around for decades. There was the original television series, the 90’s films, and now this current iteration. To put that into perspective; my parents watched the original, I grew up on the 90’s one, and now kids of today have this one. But the question is, does this one hold up to previous incarnations? Does it retain the charm of a family who has been in pop culture for decades now? Simply put, yes.
Right off the bat, the spirit of this long running property still hasn’t been lost. The theme music is on point. The family is still delightfully creepy and kooky. And the voice actors do a wonderful job. This was definitely made with care and love of the property. The characterizations, most importantly, are still here. Gomez and Morticia are madly in love with each other. Pugsley is quite special. And Wednesday is the morbid gothic we remember. Again, kudos to the actors and writers for doing a great job with bringing these characters to life. The only fault I have is the animation. It’s not bad by any stretch of the means. It just suffers from knowing what is capable of being done thanks to recent efforts done by Disney and Pixar. Again, not bad, but could have been slightly better.
Well, it’s safe to say that kids of this generation now have their own iteration of The Addams Family to watch and enjoy for years to come. Animation aside, this was a wonderful and fun trip into a world I’ve loved since I was a kid. Personally, I would be more than willing to see a sequel, and this current iteration, last for a couple of years. It’s nice to see the creepy and spooky family back on the big screen.