‘The Addams Family’: Everyone’s Favorite Macabre Clan Returns With Bad Puns & Bland Storytelling [Review]

The Playlist | 10/13/2019 | Asher Luberto
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Tolstoy got it right when he said, “Every family is unhappy in their own way.” The Addams Family, for one, revel in their unhappiness. Ever since they were presented as comic strips in The New Yorker, audiences have delighted in watching the macabre family sulk through their daily routine. Whether wandering in their haunted house or scaring the neighbors, you could always count on the crew to deliver the laughs. Until now. In the animated version from United Artists, they’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky, and altogether bland.

The animated ‘Addams Family’ isn’t the end of the world, not even for die-hard fans. But it is the end of the line for the franchise’s wit, which many grew accustomed to through the 1960s show and Barry Sonnenfeld’s big-screen adaptations. What does remain in 2019 is the message. At first glance, the Addams Family looks like a bunch of extras from black and white horror movies. At second glance, and after you get to know them, they’re just like everyone else. The only difference is, their dark side is on the outside instead of the inside.

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Not everyone is on board with the “It’s okay to be different” mindset. After having been run out of town with pitchforks and torches (what else?), Gomez (Oscar Isaac) and Morticia (Charlize Theron) become nomads with nowhere to go. So, they go somewhere no human being would be caught dead in– New Jersey! That’s where they find an abandoned house on a hill, one with perpetually poor weather (grey skies and lightning 24/7), and where they take in a stowaway who looks an awful lot like Frankenstein.

Thirteen years later, two adorably loathsome kids have been added to the mix. Pugsley (Finn Wolfhard) is preparing for his Bar Mitzvah. An event that comes...
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