Release Date: October 11th, 2019
MPA Rating: PG (for macabre and suggestive humor, and some action)
Runtime: 1 hr 27 min
Directed By: Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan
Written By: Matt Lieberman and Pamela Pettler
Starring: Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloe Grace Moretz, Finn Wolfhard, Nick Kroll, and Bette Midler
The latest version of The Addams Family to hit the big screen, begins with a wedding and pitch forks and torches. Morticia and Gomez are in the midst of a midnight wedding when their neighbors interrupt the ceremony in an effort to drive them out of town. Next, we see them entering New Jersey, finding an abandoned asylum, and beginning their new lives.
The movie then fast forwards to Wednesday and Pugsley creating chaos as tweens. We learn that within the next couple of weeks, there will be a coming of age ceremony where the extended family will be arriving too. While planning for this takes place, Wednesday attempts to fit in at the local public school. While there she makes a new friend, Parker, but also stands up to a mean girl. This experience has Wednesday abandoning anymore interactions with the world.
Coincidentally, Parker’s mother is a local star of a home makeover TV show, and is seeking to sell houses in the community. Unfortunately, she believes the Addams’ big gloomy mansion will hurt sales. So, she makes an effort to upgrade their home and spread lies about the family. This frightens the neighbors just as the extended family members arrive. Cue the pitch forks and torches!
The Addams Family have been a family favorite for years. Every new generation needs to be introduced to this family, and the latest film version is a good choice. The movie has a message for kids to learn (and adults too), which is focused on being yourself, and not worrying about what other people may think.
Besides the message, the movie includes some fantastic animation that makes all of the antics all the more fun and funny. Of course, it would not be an Addams Family movie without multiple scenes that include torture, horror, guillotines, and explosions. These are trademarks of the Addams Family movies.
It is my belief that parents and children alike will enjoy watching the new version of The Addams Family, together. So, grab the kids and take them out to see a not so normal American family.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars