The recently released animated version of "The Addams Family" donned a child-like plot with spooky undertones. Here's how it compared to the original versions.
The Addams Family has been winning the dark hearts of almost everyone since the 1960s and recently got an animated makeover. When I saw the trailers for the movie, I jumped for joy because I couldn't wait to see the "mysterious and kooky, they're altogether ooky" Addams family up on the big screen for the first time.
In this 2019 rendition, The Addams Family boasted a new plotline that took the story back to where it all began: Morticia and Gomez's wedding. This take was refreshing and unique because it gave viewers a new perspective.
The remake is cute and fun, however, what I found strange was that the plot ended up being that of a typical DreamWorks story. There was a rebelling child, the consequences of one's actions, self-struggle, epiphany, and ending message. When I left the theater, I honestly did not know what to think.
Here's the Trailer:
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**Warning** Spoilers Ahead
What I Didn't Like
The acting. It was quite dull and unenthusiastic. Charlize Theron's performance was monotone and dull. Yes, the Morticia character is supposed to be quite relaxed and monotone anyway, but Charlize took it a little too far. When she "showed" her worry for Wednesday fading from her, I had a hard time believing it.
The plot. There were too many times it felt forced, jagged, and awkward. The film attempted to squeeze two separate storylines into one. Instead of showcasing the creepy, odd, and unsafe behaviors that the Addams partake in, the story focused on a bigger picture, ultimately changing the characters themselves. For instance, Wednesday Addams is a dark and disturbed person, and though she does show other curiosities through her innovativeness, she never changes who she is. In this story, she was still her inventive self, however, she put on a pink dress and left her family behind. This was such a drastic change to her character that it did not seem to fit.
The missing characters. Grandma Addams and Fester did not live with the rest of the creepy clan. In almost every other version, they had their rooms and were adored by all the other family members. This ultimately made The Addams Family feel incomplete!
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How the Addams were presented as parents. They were not as loving, understanding, and supportive as I had hoped. When a child in the family is born, they are automatically an Addams, no matter what. In this version, Pugsley Addams was asked to participate in a traditional Mashuka dance with swords to prove to the other family members that he can be a leader and protect them. Gomez was so focused on the traditional meaning of this dance that he lost track of teaching and supporting Pugsley and even spoke ill of him. I had a hard time accepting this change and felt that it threw off the flow of the film.
What I Did Like
Some elements of the storyline. Although it felt jagged and forced at times, the story had an even flow. I was able to watch the movie and understand everything that was happening. When the film was over, the final message was loud and clear, and it left a lasting impression.
The meaning of the final message: don't judge a book by its cover until you get to know them. The Addams Family provides a perfect example for this message. They are shut out by everyone around them, feared, judged, and critiqued constantly. However, in the 1990s version, they did not care what anyone else thought and lived out their lives the way they were. The filmmakers were able to successfully bring this lesson to light.
The rendition of this classic film made me question if this is really where the Addams family had come from, why they ended up where they were, and what was hiding behind their demise. I was happy to finally see them in the beginning, which brings the TV show and other films together.
As well as these features, there were plenty of creepy, "ooky," terrible details—from the clothes they wore to the activities they participated in. For instance, Morticia can be seen spreading her parents' ashes on her cheeks and eyelids just before her wedding to Gomez. (*shivers*)
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Overall, the movie was fun, creative, and somewhat enjoyable to watch. Since I have seen the beloved TV show and the original versions of the film, it was difficult to increase my rating. I felt that the plot was too child-like and cutesy to make it an Addams Family story.
Final Score: 2.5 out of 5 stars
Have you seen this rendition? What did you think about it? Did it steer too far from our image of The Addams Family? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!