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The Addams Family Reviews

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March 20, 2017
Ehh, passable, but not amazing.
½ December 30, 2016
"Don't torture yourself, Gomez. That's my job."

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.
October 31, 2016
I haven't seen this probably since it came out, but it still holds up quite well! The cast especially all really seemed into their roles and having fun!
October 30, 2016
The goofy, gothic fun of the originals is present, but "The Addams Family" is a mediocre offering for those seeking something more wholesome.
October 29, 2016
Very good movie. Definitely worth a watch.
October 21, 2016
The Addams Family is a quirky film with weird characters. There are some laughs and a memorable theme song but not much else.
½ October 19, 2016
It's quite a shame that the good jokes in this movie are too few and far between, and the script, too inconsistent to be the great, nostalgic cinematic experience that I think it was trying to be. The good parts are good enough to prevent this being an absolute turkey, it's just that there are far too few of them.
September 23, 2016
For what it was, it was good. Funny in a not too macabre way.
September 18, 2016
A very well made adaptation of the classic Addams Family tv show. It helps that every actor/actress in this is top notch.
August 29, 2016
This was a decent theatrical spinoff of the timeless tv series.
August 22, 2016
Perfect casting in Huston, Julia, Ricci and Christopher Llyod. The humour is extremely dark and you couldn't see it getting released today at a PG13 rating.
August 8, 2016
All entire film has a richness and it stands the test of time superbly well.

The casting is excellent. Gomez and Mortisha have such good chemistry together. But each character is engaging and entertaining.

The scenes and world are adeptly established without hammering the audience. There entire movie transitions and flows with every joke (and even flashbacks) almost silky smooth. They drop the jokes with perfect execution, so subtle yet with excellent punch.
July 17, 2016
So often when a TV series is developed into a movie, the script, gags and general entertainment suffers as a result of it becoming more difficult to please an audience over a lengthier period of time. I'd beg to differ in terms of this one as it is great family fun. Showcasing all the members of the family in a great light, this offers a variety of humour from the sadistic romance between Morticia and Gomez, the unique aspects of Thing, Cousin Itt, and Lerch, to the dry and sharp witted tongue of Wednesday. The concept itself is more central to the character Uncle Fester, who after 25 years of being away, inadvertently returns with his wicked adoptive mother, who plans to use Fester's family ties to gain access to the Addams' stash of cash. This proves to be easier said than done as the premises is littered with booby traps designed to amuse the audience with its slapstick comedy. If I had to be critical of any aspect of it, it would probably be the use of some rap version of the infamous theme tune when the credits rolled, as opposed to the more catchier traditional anthem. This is a mere disappointment in what is ultimately a very easy piece of viewing no matter who the observer may be, and sad to think it would have been one of Raul Julia's last films before he regrettably passed away :(
June 29, 2016
As my personal favorite movie of all time The Addams Family is brilliantly funny,has a flawless script and unforgettable performances and some of the best/lovable movie characters ever and the symbolism of its setting is immortal The Addams Family shall not disappoint.
½ June 9, 2016
Can a movie coast by on a good cast, great production design and not much else? Yes, apparently it can. An appealing cast and a lot of expensive sets, costumes and makeup are assembled to tell a bunch of predictable one-liners. Is it entertaining? Yeah, kinda. Raul Julia and Christopher Lloyd are pretty great. Christina Ricci steals all of her scenes. Is it pretty forgettable? Yep.
½ April 26, 2016
A mother and her son attempt to con the Addams family fortune in this acceptable remake.
½ January 3, 2016
You can hardly remember its story and the plot is indeed quite childish, but you just can't forget the weirdness and, loveliness in some sense.
December 29, 2015
Great little family fun film. Nice plot, very light hearted and some good easy going acting.
November 29, 2015
The story was pretty thin, but who cares? Well, I guess I do. It could have been a transcendent classic, instead we get just a pretty good movie. Maybe it would be better viewed as a series of gifs. The dark humor is light, but works in its PG way.
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