The Addams Family (2019)

It’s a brand new era for the classic clan of weirdoes and eccentrics, all of whom get a chance to show a new generation how much fun they can be. I’ve always been a big fan of the Addams family since I was a child, as they always felt more genuine than the Munsters. While the Munsters spent their time trying to fit in to modern society, the Addams family always stuck true to who they were, and rarely ever changed their own rituals or style to fit some new standard of what normal is. They are who they are, like it lump it.

“The Addams Family” is a something of a quasi-prequel and reboot that shows us what happened to Gomez and Morticia before moving in to society. After being chased out of their homes, they established their family in a massive mansion in New Jersey. Raising their children Pugsley and Wednesday in their home, the pair of parents have to confront their children/s’ adolescence as Wednesday struggles to fit in, and Pugsley realizes he doesn’t want to be exactly like his dad.

“The Addams Family” digs deep to the roots of what made this series so entertaining and lovable since it was introduced. We get to understand their family more, especially with the shockingly moving flashbacks, exploring why they’re so devoted to one another and what kept them striving to stay true to themselves. When they stay in Jersey, things get difficult once more when a local organizer named Margaux Needler plans to sell a block of houses for her TV show but finds the Addams’ manor is standing in the way of her goal. The movie is animated in the classic style of Charles Addams’ strips, “The Addams Family” doesn’t re-invent the wheel, but has a great time establishing the family for a new audience.

With a delightfully darkly comic tone, and laugh out loud comedy, “The Addams Family” works as an ode to the original characters, and an allegory for immigration. The Addams family for once feel under pressure by locals to fit in and somewhat change what makes them so special in order to avoid becoming outcasts once again. Along the way, the writers have a great time with the eccentricities and dark humor of the family, as they’re very well known for. Fester is especially a lot of fun, as he’s prone to a lot of physical pratfalls and stumbling which makes him a spotlight in the family, once more.

The voice work is fantastic with the dazzling cast of folks like Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Finn Wolfhard, Chloe Moretz, Nick Kroll, and Bette Midler. If there’s one character that suffers, it’s cousin Itt, who the studio tries too hard to turn in to a kiddie mascot in the vein of the Minions. That said, the flaws are minimal and “The Addams Family” is a fun, spooky, kooky  re-introduction to the Addams that I hope its audience appreciated.