The Addams Family Reviews
Throughout the 1990s, and even in modern cinema as well, there was a major push to remake or reboot older television shows with different actors. One of the better examples of this type of reboot is the 1991 film The Addams Family. After years of searching and séances, the Addams believe that they have finally found long lost Uncle Fester. However, this could be too good to be true since Uncle Fester could be connected to a plot to remove the Addams from their home and their treasure trove beneath it. This film in many ways continues the original spirit and atmosphere of the tv series while still making a few improvements in the technical aspects of it. From the opening shot the creativity, vastness, attention to detail, dark humor, and gothic elements of the sets, scripts and tone shines through. There is even a scene with a model train set that is engaging and creative through its technical aspects. The dark humor of the film is humorous and does not go too far with it. The actors they got to portray these characters each fit them perfectly and they each look the parts as well. Each member of the family is likable and the love between each member is believable and feels genuine. Each member of the cast, particularly Raúl Juliá as Gomez Addams, is also energetic and always moving. However, the standout of the cast is Christopher Lloyd as Uncle Fester. He performs it in a way only Lloyd could perform it. He is able to be funny and creepy all at the same time. He is able to be unique in his portrayal since he is weird and he reacts to the strangeness of the Addams' weirdness as well. Lloyd disappears into this character. Despite a few voice changes, his exaggerated words, expressions and voice are each hilarious. However, there are a few problems with the film that are, unfortunately, present in many films of this time period. The computer generated imagery of this film, particularly on Thing, looks fake and is incredibly distracting. The beginning of the film delivers exposition on the story in a boring or non engaging fashion. There is also some dark or awkward humor that does not always work or is not funny because of the delivery or the timing being off. However, the two largest problems are the villains and the beginning of the third act. The villains of the film, while trying to be funny or intimidating, mostly comes across as annoying or awkward. Not much humor comes form these characters and they hinder the film's humor nearly every time they are on screen. Even the villains' plan is extremely boring since they just want money. Without spoiling the ending, the film's story progresses to the generic point of each of the characters moping or being sad without any buildup. These scenes offer no humor and adds nothing to the film. Despite these many flaws and generic elements, The 1991 film version of the Addams Family still has creative or darkly humorous elements and energetic actors giving hilarious performances. I would recommend The Addams Family to fans of the tv series, Christopher Lloyd or Raúl Juliá.