The Addams Family (2019) A Review

A great movie for older kids and plenty of horror movie Easter eggs for the adults as well.   


DIRECTOR:  Greg Tiernan, Conrad Vernon

STARRING:  Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, and Chloë Grace Moretz

SCREENPLAY:  Matt Lieberman, Charles Addams (characters created by)

GENRE:  Animation/Comedy

RUNTIME:  88 Mins

★★★★ 3.5 Stars  

I was super late coming to the party on this one.  Other things just kept getting put before it, so on this chilly Thursday afternoon I returned to Cineworld to finally tick this one off my list.

We know about the Addams Family by now, and they haven’t done anything new with the characters, but they have bit of a twist on the story. After living in an abandoned asylum for 13 years, a home décor guru builds a perfect suburb at the bottom of the hill and surprisingly, the Addams lifestyle doesn’t fit in with her ‘perfect’ image.  So she sets out on a mission to get the towns people to chase them out of town.  We also deal with Wednesday struggling with her personality, and Pugsley’s fast approaching coming of age ceremony.

So like I said, they haven’t done anything different with they characters, and it my be about time that something different was done with them rather than the same standard stuff, I mean, it is what these characters are known for, but something a little less predictable may have been nice.

For the adults, this film is jam packed full of horror movie Easter Eggs.  I spied references to The Shining, Poltergeist and IT.  Though there were probably more that I have either forgotten or can’t remember.  The humour is also on point, and plenty of jokes in there for the older ones to enjoy as well.Anyone that has seen any of the previous Addams Family movies will not find anything new or surprising here, but if you are a fan, or if you have older kids, then this film is a perfectly fine was of spending an afternoon at the movies.  I can’t rave about it, but I also can’t rat on it too bad.  It’s a pretty great kids movie and will entertain you for the hour and a half it’s on. But it’s nothing new.

1 Comment

  1. I thought it was okay, but lacked the real edge that we expect from our Addamses. I understand they wanted to keep it really kosher for the kids – though I thought the noises the house made were truly horrifying!

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