The Addams Family Review
by H. Thomas
‘The film is filled with comedy and jokes about the family’s gothic values, but also carries so many important messages about being yourself and not judging others for doing the same, and for this reason it is a fantastic film that is perfect for the whole family.’
Directors: Greg Tiernan & Conrad Vernon
Cast: Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron & Chloë Grace Moretz
The famously eccentric Addams family are re-introduced in animated form in this adaptation of their story. Tired of being called monsters and chased with pitchforks in the town that they live, couple Gomez (Oscar Isaac) and Morticia (Charlize Theron) move to an abandoned asylum, where they feel completely at home surrounded by a marsh separating them from the society that shunned them. However, it is only after their daughter Wednesday (Chloë Grace Moretz) hears sounds from beyond their gates that they realise the marsh is being cleared by an over-the-top TV show host with a darker plan at heart – to destroy the Addams’ house, an eyesore on her perfect new neighbourhood. Wednesday, desperate to leave the confines of her house, befriends the daughter of the host, Parker, and together they discover more about their own identities without the constrictions of their family, whilst also working to stop Parker’s mothers’ evil plans.
For someone who has always been fascinated by the world of the Addams family but has never learnt more about it, this film was a perfect introduction. The commitment to making the family as dark, twisted and different to their neighbours as humanly possible, while also making it clear that they are the people we should be supporting and not the happier, more “normal” people we may relate to more, creates a brilliant underlying message that people are not always what they seem – for better or worse. Parker and Wednesday’s friendship also portrays how family values can limit your identity until you have the opportunity to find it yourself, and their friendship is a comedic, but adorable pairing who get revenge on all of the seemingly perfect people around them. The film is filled with comedy and jokes about the family’s gothic values, but also carries so many important messages about being yourself and not judging others for doing the same, and for this reason it is a fantastic film that is perfect for the whole family.
The Addams Family is currently available on Netflix and was rated PG by the BBFC.