The Addams Family (2019)

2.5 out of 5 stars (2.5 / 5)

The resurrection of The Addams Family franchise continues with the latest animated version rising in cinemas around the world. Three generations have now had their own version of this gothic family who manages to encapsulate the value of family devotion while embracing their dark side. From televisions to the big screen, the Addams attempt to re-animate themselves and make the macabre normal for modern families. 

The journey begins with a glimpse into the past of Morticia Frump (Charlize Theron) and Gomez Addams (Oscar Isaac). How their marriage started with an angry mob gatecrashing their wedding reception. A less than understanding group who see the wedding reception attendees as freaks and an unwelcome element in society. Gomez and his brother, Fester (Nick Kroll) attempt to fight off the vicious horde and the entire wedding party is forced to flee from the festivities.

This leads the young couple to lament about how ‘normal’ people will never accept them, while Morticia and Gomez search for a new home. With their faithful assistant and disembodied hand, Thing, at their side, the trio manages to befriend a mental asylum escapee, Lurch (Conrad Vernon). The unlikely family unit finally comes to find the perfect home for them to start afresh, an abandoned mental asylum atop a hill in New Jersey.

As they make this house a home over the years, the couple welcomes two children into their clan, Wednesday (Chloe Grace Moretz) and Pugsley (Finn Wolfhard). Over the thirteen years of living near the development of Assimilation, they become the target of a reality TV home makeover host, Margaux Needler (Allison Janney). The television personality and home-design specialist sees the Addams house as an eyesore as it sits overlooking her newly-designed and perfect community. She begins to a smear campaign against the odd family, but will it be enough to drive the ‘freaks’ out of the neighbourhood for good?

This origin story highlights Morticia and Gomez’s shared love for one another and their extended family. A key element that is the driving force of the franchise since the success of the famous 1960’s television show. Despite their goth-like appearance and odd behaviour, the couple manage to epitomise a genuine love toward one another. They also prove to be overly forgiving parents, despite their children’s multiple attempts to kill one another.

Both Charlize Theron and Oscar Isaac are well cast as the heads of the family. Fans of the series will love how close their character depictions are to the original Morticia and Gomez. The extended family members prove to be quirky and hilarious, especially the inclusion of Snoop Dog as Cousin It who steals every scene he is allowed to enter. A fun throwback for the family to enjoy over the holiday season. 

REEL DIALOGUE: What is it about human nature that compels people to judge others based on appearance alone? 

Most people can admit that beauty is only skin deep. Yet, many of us continue to judge others despite knowing that simple fact.

The Addams are a loving couple and doting parents. They have a full circle of unusual friends and they always run into trouble when normal humans constantly judge them. As parents, they do not realise the resourcefulness and brains that their children possess and opt to keep them locked within the high gates of their home. As an attempt to protect them from the judgement and hatred that they have experienced many times before.

One topic from this film for parents to discuss with their children could be their value in society. We all are born into different situations and with different abilities. These skills and gifts may not be the same as friends or siblings, but they do have something to offer to the world. Instead of isolating children because of their differences, this film could open the door to celebrating their abilities. Seeing how these unique qualities have value to your family, to the world and especially to God.

You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvellous—how well I know it. Psalm 139:13-14 New Living Translation (NLT)