Review: The Addams Family (PG)

Jade Aruzhan Sagynay reviews the most recent animated take on the iconic family.

Jade Aruzhan Sagynay
4th November 2019
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For one of the most iconic families in American history, The Addams Family (2019) does not prompt many laughs or scares. With so many previously successful shows and productions, it is obvious that the new release would find it hard to top the already existing fame. Unfortunately, even the voice cast of star actors could not help the poor character development.

As a horror genre, there was not a single point in the whole movie that was frightening or even mildly spooky. The only reference to horror being the dark setting of the Addams house. Understandably, this particular animated movie was directed towards a much younger audience and therefore limited itself in exploration of possibilities. This could also be the reason for over-simplified two-dimensional characters, which would be easier to comprehend by children. However, this does not explain the tragic humour present throughout the film, which didn’t make a single adult or child in the audience laugh.

As for the making of the film, I personally found the animation unimpressive and strongly resembling Tim Burton’s signature style. This is explained by the fact that he was originally supposed to be directing the movie, but chose to resign the position. It is heart-breaking to see his spectacular art style butchered and made mediocre in attempt to copy. On the bright side, the soundtrack list seemed to make a strong addition to the plot of the movie. 'Haunted Heart' sang by Christina Aguilera made a powerful opening scene for the entrance of an equally powerful character of Morticia. Additionally, 'My Family' was a perfect way to bring all the Addams together and express the strength in their unity.

Overall, I would not suggest wasting your money and your time on a cinema outing for this movie unless you want to entertain a few very young misfits on October 31st. As much as it does set the mood for Halloween, the animation and the plot is just not worth your attention. Maybe you could close your eyes and enjoy the numerous great soundtracks accompanying this animated movie, but not much else.

Rating: 2/5

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