They're creepy and they're kooky; mysterious and spooky; they're all together ooky. They're the Addams Family, and they're back in theaters after twenty one long years - but this time, they're in animation form! Directed by Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan, the film hit theaters this weekend and hit its projected box office earnings for opening weekend - but was the film worth the time, energy and money after all these years? Our favorite family of spooks bring nothing but laughs, puns, and heart in their new feature film, and honestly, it's the perfect Halloween themed flick to take your own family to - whether they're little kids or big kids like us! From the animation and story, to the voice acting and music, The Addams Family return with an hour and a half of laughs alongside a valuable lesson that many adults these days could take away. Considering there's not exactly a lot of horror in mainstream theaters right now with Halloween only two weeks away, The Addams Family is a perfect little tease to get you into a frightful mood with its terrifying family members, eerily gorgeous home (inhabited by a spirit, of course!), fun seance in a cemetery and goth humor left and right. While it may not be the blood, guts, and gore we love over here at Soulless Cult, we gotta admit: The Addams Family is a most excellent addition to the horror themed family cinema, and a must-see for the season!
Prior to the birth of Wednesday and Pugsley, Addams Family's Morticia and her husband Gomez are constantly being chased out of their own home for being "monsters" simply because they look and act a little (ok, a lot) different from the rest of the townsfolk. After finally settling down in New Jersey of all places, they turn an abandoned asylum into their notorious mansion, complete with all the gothic decor people like us could only dream of. The Addams keep to themselves on their own property, never venturing out beyond the gates - that is, until Wednesday becomes intrigued about what's "out there." Turns out, a crazed home designer/reality tv host Margaux Needler built an entire neighborhood she calls "Assimilation" just down the hill from the Addams mansion - and as you can guess by the name, the town boasts the idea of why be different when we can all be the same. Margaux tries to rally up the townsfolk to cast the Addams family out of their home yet again - but strength doesn't necessarily always come in numbers, and its up to the Addams to show Margaux and her cronies that being different isn't a bad thing.
If you haven't caught on just yet: I loved this movie from opening scene down to the credits. The creativity that went into the writing, the animation and the jokes had me smiling the entire time. Right from the get-go, viewers will have amazing puns, jokes, and one-liners thrown at them, and it's this type of humor that will really help appeal this movie to both the kids (who this was really aimed at, let's be honest) and adults alike. Like many of you, I grew up on both The Addams Family and The Munsters, and the type of humor displayed in this new film is on par with the notorious, quality content we've gotten from the previous entries over the last few decades. Pair that with the totally awesome look of each of the family members - the deathtaking Morticia being my favorite, of course - and this movie was just destined to be a home theater must have for horror families of all ages.
The story is lighthearted and fun, making sure that while there is a lesson to be learned, there can be plenty of fun mixed in too. Like I mentioned earlier, the lesson is one that more adults can probably learn from than kids: being different isn't a bad thing, and being proud of being different isn't either. The Addams Family in the past always taught us that we all have different values, looks, and beliefs, but that doesn't mean yours is better than mine or mine is better than yours. And this new Addams Family flick continues that theme, giving us all that great reminder this Halloween season. All in all, The Addams Family will have you laughing with its dark sense of humor until the very end, and is the perfect feel-good spooky movie. If you're looking for a groundbreaking, award winning movie, you clearly missed the whole point of not only this movie but this franchise: it's all about dark, twisted fun. Lighten up and laugh at a few horrifying funny jokes. I cannot recommend this movie enough for horror nerds of all ages!