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"The Addams Family" (2019) Movie Review

Updated on December 25, 2021
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Nathan is a film critic and aspiring author with a true passion for the film industry who hopes his writings will help launch his career.

They're creepy and they're kooky, mysterious and spooky, and they have a lot of good lessons to teach if you're willing to listen.

The film follows the titular Addams Family as they search for a forever-home and the ensuing trouble they inadvertently cause with the neighboring town.

If there's anything that the film did right, it's keeping true to the show and the follow-up films. What it didn't do right, however, was provide many laughs. That may sound like a silly thing to say, but look at who we're talking about. The Addams Family are iconically strange and that should make us chuckle a lot. Sadly, that wasn't the case. There were a few chuckles to be had, but nowhere near what I was hoping for or even expecting.

The voicework was perfect. Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, and Chloe Grace Moretz were the shining stars in the film, transforming Gomez, Morticia, and Wednesday respectively into the icons we've come to know and love.

I loved the story. The idea of Wednesday attempting to conform to society was brilliant and was very well-done. If there is a sequel, I want to see more of Wednesday and Parker's shenanigans.

Have to be honest, I didn't care for the way Cousin It was portrayed. Snoop Dogg voiced him, so naturally they pimped up his look and it stuck out like a sore thumb. From the cane, to the giant ring, to the crooked hat, it was like Snoop really was on-screen. Highly unnecessary is an understatement.

The lessons that the film taught were so necessary, especially in today's society. Conforming causes you to lose sight of who you are and if we spend too much time trying to be like everyone else then we have nothing new to offer the world. Good on this film for teaching that to the younger viewers out there.

In conclusion, I can't help but wonder if the film would have been much improved had Tim Burton directed it. In fact, I would love to see what Tim Burton could do with the Addams Family. It seems like it'd be right up his alley. Maybe, in a few years, we'll get just that. I give The Addams Family a 2.8 out of 4.

© 2019 Nathan Jasper


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