The Addams Family put simply was a surprising treat. I hadn’t watched the trailer going into the film so I was entering with fresh eyes, and I must say I was pleasantly thrilled with my experience. The movie directed by Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan felt genuine to the original while also adding newer elements with it being an animated film.
If I’m being honest, The Addams Family wasn’t really on my “To Watch” list but that’s because I remember enjoying The Addams Family (1991 film) and Addams Family Values (1993 film) both directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, and I didn’t want to ruin a good thing. However after seeing the animated film – I can confirm this movie only adds to the nostalgia rather than take away from them. The original theme song kicks off the movie taking you straight down Memory Lane and you just know it’s going to be a goodie.
The animation style was similar to Despicable Me and The Minions – it is the same studio (Universal Pictures) after all! But this playful animation style makes it more appealing to a younger new audience.
The original films and TV shows are quite dark – themes and also colour wise, so I wondered how an animated Addams Family film could work. My concerns were put to ease with the introduction of new characters, and the light-heartedness of this animated reboot. The vivid bursts of colours once the new characters were introduced really brightened up the film and contrasted with the gloomy colours of The Addams Family. I feel that the animators did a great job on this and The Addams Family is an enjoyable film for everyone – old fans and new.
I found the story to be well written and somewhat refreshing despite the age old concept of the members of the Addams Family being outcast by society. These themes are familiar but this reboot is a fun new take and much more child friendly than previous Addams Family movies. The unspookiness of this might be a let down to the ‘die hard’ fans but I see where they are coming from- kids see a new animation movie is out and of course they HAVE to go see it – “gotta make it PG-rated” to fit perhaps a more PC world than the 90’s.
The whole family is back – each member with their iconic personality that we all know and love. However, I surprisingly enjoyed the portrayal of Uncle Fester – I found him much more likeable than The Uncle Fester in the 1991 & 1993 films. Maybe it is his witty comments, or his caring ways, either way I feel that Nick Kroll voiced him well and he quickly became my new favourite character.
I would definitely recommend this film to anyone as I honestly believe that it can be enjoyed by kids and their parents or just people looking for a bit of nostalgia. Everyone will come away understanding the importance of the theme which is to encourage individual expression. It’s a clever, funny and probably nostalgic movie with a great message – what’s not to love?