An animated take on The Addams Family sees Gomez and Morticia find a new home in an abandoned New Jersey asylum when they are run out of town during their wedding by angry villagers. Thirteen years later and their offspring Wednesday and Pugsley have never left the grounds of the mansion. Until that is a TV personality does a makeover of the town nearby and fears the Addams Family might impact her ability to sell the houses.
Stylistically this film is fantastic. The characters look superb and the Addams mansion and car are brilliant. It features brilliant little details such as when thousands of spiders pour out of Morticia’s dress and the fact that Wednesday’s pigtails are shaped like nooses. The voice cast is spot on as well. Oscar Isaac voices Gomez, Charlize Theron is Morticia, Chloe Grace Moretz is Wednesday and Finn Wolfhard is Pugsley. All give enjoyable takes on the characters with Moretz especially fun as Wednesday. There is also a lot of fun to be had with Lurch’s piano playing which helps to score the film.
Where it falls down though is in the generic storyline. The main plot essentially revolves around Wednesday and Pugsley reaching puberty, with Wednesday going to middle school and Pugsley preparing for his ‘mazurka”, an Addams coming of age ceremony. It covers generic staples of acceptance of everyone and loving families. It’s fine but uninspired. The best parts are all the little snippets of darkness smattered around the edges and quirky moments like Thing being caught looking at pictures of feet.
My kids loved it and my daughter (slightly worryingly) has a new hero in Wednesday Addams. I just loved the visuals and quirks. Hang around at the end for a singalong of the famous theme song.