The Addams Family (2019) review

Snap snap! The Addams Family are back in their first feature-length animated film.

Official Synopsis

Get ready to click your fingers! The Addams Family is back on the big screen in the first animated comedy about the kookiest family on the block. Funny, outlandish, and completely iconic, the Addams Family redefines what it means to be a good neighbour.

Review

Devilishly funny, wholesome in their own way. The Addams Family have been featured in TV series, numerous films, video games, a broadway musical, plus animations, including this very recent feature length 3D animated film.

This animated adaptation begins with an escape from pitchfork and torch-wielding mob crashing a wedding ceremony between Gomez and Morticia Addams – they flee, and travel to find a comforting place to live, to just be themselves. Along the way the pick up butler Lurch and find a home. They live in comfortable isolation, happy in their own skin, for thirteen years. This is until house-makeover TV host Margaux Needler turns up in the town nearby, discovers the Addams family’s existence… whose style is absolutely not on brand with Margaux’s carefully pastel-painted plan.

What a lovely day for a stroll

The titular family members are a group of macabre characters, created by Charles Addams in his 1938 single-panel comic strip for The New Yorker. Their unawareness nor care for people who find their frightening antics have been a genuine source of merriment for those with even an inkling of a gothic disposition ever since the comic published.

Listed within the Top 10 greatest TV families of all time via TV Guide in 2017, The Addams, alongside many other spooky housemates such as The Munsters, The Groovie Ghoulies and so on (and also crossed over with Scooby-Doo in 1972!), have appeared in numerous screens of our youth. But the question is, are the Addams still relevant today?

When you’re both that one person that feels out of place

…Yes, frighteningly so. The film is luscious with unusual character designs, but adapted directly from Charles Addams’ original character designs. The film’s storyline will ring memory bells for fans of the 1991 film (which featured Raul Julia in one of his most madcap, memorable roles), even ending with “My Family” by Migos, Karol G, Snoop Dogg and Rock Mafia, a song vibing so hard in intent to parallel to the 1991 films’ “Addams Groove” by MC Hammer, for our modern times, it is almost painful to realise… but also interesting that has become something of a Thing in it’s own right.

The Voice cast is perfectly cast all around with Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz, Finn Wolfhard, Nick Kroll with Bette Midler and Allison Janney. Even Snoop Dogg also makes an aural appearance. Top efforts all round, there is not one dull voice actor moment. The trailer is a little off-putting by perhaps including too many modern references, but the film on the whole does not stray from the cartoonish roots of the original, updates it for today’s kid audience to be relevant to them, and meshes many strands of storyline into a good, satisfying conclusion. The film has been criticised for sugarcoating the ‘frenemy’ aspects of contemporary society, social media spying and so on – perhaps the violence could have been turned up even more – but there are so many different adaptations of The Addams Family from the past fifty years, there is absolutely something already out there to suit everyone already – and the message of being happy with who you are is always the backbone of any Addams’ tale, because to the Addams Family, it’s everyone else who is the weirdo.

Rub-a-dub-dub, creepy man in a tub

Halloween may have come and gone, but this is not a seasonal film with a short shelf life; on the big screen this was a visual feast, and will also translate well to smaller screens when the time is ripe for streaming. Fans of gallows humour and those who forever feel a little gothic on the inside will have a whale of a time. All animation fans will be pleasantly surprised with the graceful visuals. The film even ends with an animated recreation of the intro of the 1964 TV show, which is an absolute treat. So, anyone who has ever felt ‘othered’ by their local residents of Assimilation-ville whom you may personally know… you can be secure in the knowledge that the Addams crew will always have your back.

Laura Watton (PinkAppleJam)

The Addams Family is in cinemas nationwide now