Movie Review: The Addams Family (2019)

Synopsis: After having their wedding disrupted by a torch-bearing mob, Gomez and Morticia Addams move to New Jersey and make their home in an abandoned insane asylum, where they eventually raise a family. Thirteen years later, they face a new threat, a reality show host who sees the Addams home as a blight on her newly-remodeled perfect community and is willing to take extreme measures to protect her investment.

Who's in it? The animated movie uses voices from Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloe Grace Moretz, Finn Wolfhard and Bette Midler.

Review: When I first saw a trailer for this movie a few months ago, I thought it looked kind of dumb. However, the 1991 movie was a pleasant surprise and its sequel wasn't as bad as I thought it would be so, ultimately, I decided to give this animated film the benefit of the doubt and add it to my Netflix DVD queue.

We watched the movie as a family last night and, as it turns out, I was right the first time. This was actually kind of dumb.

I think the best way to describe this movie is to say it was very "busy." It was kind of like watching an episode of SpongeBob SquarePants that had SpongeBob hyped up on speed. This included an excess of explosions and various attempts by one family member to kill another. I found myself wondering if maybe the writers realized the actual plot of the movie was a bit weak and, rather than do a re-write, decided to find various ways to distract us from that.

The movie also seemed to be undecided about the Addams' level of self awareness. Gomez (Isaac) and Morticia (Theron) are so afraid of the outside world, they choose to isolate themselves behind a thick layer of fog. Yet, when they meet other people, they don't seem to notice they are different? It's like the writers just decided to make them as self-aware as a certain scene called for an hoped that nobody noticed the conflict.

I will say there was one thing I did find I enjoyed about this movie, Wednesday Addams (Moretz) as a moody and rebellious teenager. In fact, I wish the movie would have focused much more on that because I think it would have been considerably better.

Final Opinion: Simply put, I'm glad we didn't pay money to see this in a theater and I kind of regret not picking a different movie for our family movie night.

My Grade: D


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