Addams Family Reunion Reviews
The plot is also not too much of a diversion from the previous two films. Again it revolves around the family, this time 'Gomez's' grandparents, who appear to be turning 'normal'. So Gomez organises another reunion to find a family member to help. The twist is there is a company that helps Gomez do this but a spelling mistake on the Addams name (Adams) sets up a reunion with a different family who are regular people.
As you might expect there is much ghoulish silliness which has been filmed and edited in the same way as the previous films. A lot of fast cuts, sped up sequences, odd camera angles etc...the whole atmosphere and approach is very familiar and still enjoyable. Sure some of it doesn't look at slick or polished as the other films, this is clearly a much cheaper production and more in line with TV movies but these films get away with it. As the earlier films showed, hammy hokey effects work well with the franchise and add charm to the proceedings, its not meant to look top of the line, more comic book or cartoony.
Unfortunately the creators thought to include the usage of CGI dotted throughout which does spoil the film. Its only used in places but it looks terribly cheap, the CGI mutated puppy is pretty awful and brings back memories of 'The Mask 2'...yep that kind of CGI.
I guess the whole thing will hinge on the cast, can the classic family be re-imagined once again?. Happily and surprisingly I say yes they can, and have been. Tim Curry is probably the best man for the job as Gomez by far, this role fits him like a glove. Daryl Hannah is also surprisingly good as 'Morticia' in both acting and looks, I didn't think a blonde could pull off the goth thing but she nails it. The rest of the creepy bunch are mostly unknowns to me but they do a fair job in their roles, of course I miss Lloyd and Ricci.
I went into this fearing the worst but its actually not too bad. Plot wise its poor and never really goes anywhere, add to that various meaningless subplots. The cast save the film from complete failure and the fact they managed to keep it in line with the older films is nice, makes it feel more complete, more of a third film in a trilogy. Would be interesting to see this cast in a much higher production with better effects etc...
it's actually not as terrible as made out to be
it's a very relaxing watch and good to pass the time
out of all the random scenes and hijinks I found it rather giggle-worthy
Daryl Hannah and Tim Curry are brilliant as the parents making even the happiest of times the most gloomy and foreboding
all your favorite characters do their thing
those two people who accidentally get stranded at the mansion really could have been cut out completely because they absolutely served no purpose whatsoever and they slowed down the story
for me it's a pretty hilarious having the Addams try to interact with their supposed-relatives which doesn't happen very often
The worst example is Uncle Fester. He's too much like Curley Howard. He lacks any of the presence that Christopher Lloyd had. And that REALLY annoyed me cos Fester was always my favourite character.
Tim Curry and Daryl Hannah are nice choices though. But sadly they can't save this film. The supporting cast just over acts like crazy to the point where you want to drill you brain out,
The CGI dog is the worst. It'll make you want to drink an entire six pack all at once. It looks like something from a PlayStation game.
This movie is like guide on how to anger people who enjoyed the first two installments of a franchise.
TV Movies never work for me. They just don't. By all means, make it theatrical. That's the whole point of a movie. Just don't hire hacks to make the film in under a week.