Movie Review: ‘The Addams Family’

Review by Monique Thompson

Members of the mysterious and spooky Addams family — Gomez, Morticia, Pugsley, Wednesday, Uncle Fester and Grandma — are readily preparing for a visit from their even creepier relatives. But trouble soon arises when shady TV personality Margaux Needler realizes that the Addams’ eerie hilltop mansion is standing in the way of her dream to sell all the houses in the neighborhood.

They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky…The Addams Family. The 2019 animated comedy is nothing close to being creepy or spooky, but it does still amount to be a cute little film. To introduce the Addams family to this new generation, the film starts out with Gomez and Morticia’s wedding day, which quickly becomes interrupted by the townspeople who want to annex them from their village. While fleeing, Gomez and Morticia stumble upon an insane asylum perfect enough to call home. A few years later, the twosome’s family is extended to now include their children, Wednesday and Pugsley, plus Uncle Fester, Lurch, and the “handy” sidekick, Thing.

The Addams are living their normal life as they prepare to welcome their other kooky family members for Pugsley’s Mazurka ceremony. After the family discovers the town of Assimilation, Wednesday has had enough of being cooped up in their home and decides that it’s time to venture out to experience what the real world – Junior High in Assimilation, is actually like. Meanwhile, narcissistic TV personality Margaux has an agenda of her own. She’s convinced that the Addams home, which sits on top of the hill in clear view from Assimilation, is steering prospective buyers away from properties in Assimilation. Her plan is to completely remodel the home and get rid of the gaudy, and darkness associated with the Addams home.

While Puglsey and Wednesday are both struggling to be themselves while meeting their parents expectations, The Addams Family film teaches a valuable lesson to the youth that are tuned in. It shows that’s it’s OK to be yourself, even if differs from your parents views of yourself. There’s nothing spooky or scary here but tons of laughs with a Hotel Transylvania vibe. Perfect for the smaller children to enjoy as well as the tweens.

RATED: PG-13

STARRING: Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz, Finn Wolfhard, Oscar Isaac, Bette Midler, Allison Janney

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