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The Addams Family Is Back And Kookier Than Ever

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They’re creepy and they’re spooky and back in an all-new animated adventure that will surely delight new and long-time fans.

Members of the mysterious and spooky Addams family — Gomez (Oscar Isaac), Morticia (Charlize Theron), Pugsley (Finn Wolfhard), Wednesday (Chloë Grace Moretz), Uncle Fester (Nick Kroll) and Grandma (Bette Midler) — are readily preparing for a visit from their even creepier relatives. But trouble soon arises when shady TV personality Margaux Needler (Allison Janney) realizes that the Addams’ eerie hilltop mansion is standing in the way of her dream to sell all the houses in the neighborhood.

Tituss Burgess as the voice of Glenn (left) and Allison Janney as the voice of Margaux Needler (right) in THE ADDAMS FAMILY, directed by Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan, a Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures film. Credit: Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures © 2019 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc. All Rights Reserved.

It’s hard to reimagine classics nowadays, yet that seems to be what’s been happening the most this year. The Addams Family is the lastest reimagining, which could be pretty hard to pull off after an iconic TV series and two hit movies. But, the Halloween gods have worked their magic, creating a new version of the spooky and kooky family that both updates it for new audiences while balancing what was so beloved from previous versions. 

Isaac is at his best as the loving Gomez while Theron channels her inner Anjelica Huston as Morticia and just nails it. They are soon joined by their odd offsprings Pugsley (Wolfhard) and Wednesday (Moretz) who are perfectly cast. The core cast is made up of impressive voices including Snoop Dogg and Martin Short.

(L to R) Pom Klementieff as the voice of Layla & Kayla, Chloë Grace Moretz as the voice of Wednesday Addams and Elsie Fisher as the voice of Parker in THE ADDAMS FAMILY, directed by Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan, a Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures film. Credit: Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures © 2019 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc. All Rights Reserved.

The biggest complaint from fans after seeing the trailer and promos for the movie was the designs of the characters, which didn’t quite look like the stylish and sweet originals. But I’m happy to say that the animation in the film was quite good, delivering a solid and entertaining plot as well as awesome character moments that utilize a lot of the spooky and silly design. 

The Addams Family has a sweet message at the core of the film, which focuses on how important it is to be yourself and not to just follow everyone else just because it might be popular or cool. While this sounds a little “been there, done that” the film executes it well and never oversteps the gross yet loving comedy styles of the family.

Charlize Theron as the voice of Morticia Addams (left) and Oscar Isaac as the voice of Gomez Addams (right) in THE ADDAMS FAMILY, directed by Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan, a Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures film. Credit: Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures © 2019 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc. All Rights Reserved.

And if you’re wondering if this kid-centric animated format won’t have the family up to their usual violent antics, don’t sweat it. This film is filled will horror homages, torture, massive explosions, and many other things. The animation works in its favor as it creates totally outrageous, dangerous, and possibly fatal stunts mainly directed at the Addams children. 

The Addams Family dedicates itself to entertaining action paired with a level of detail that will be enjoyed at any time, making The Addams Family a new family classic.

Critic Rating: 5/5 stars

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