Creepy, kooky, mysterious, and spooky? In this economy? Well, The Addams Family makes it work, even though its main story doesn’t quite hold together.
I knew most of the characters already and (of course) the famous theme music, but I had never actually seen any Addams Family media before this — not even the original New Yorker cartoons by Charles Addams, which I recommend Googling. Maybe it’s just because trends come and go in generation-long waves, but this movie struck me as an unintentional predictor of Gen Z’s sense of humor: Morbid, loud, and disarmingly wholesome.
There is a story running through the film, involving a couple humans trying to steal the Addams’ fortune, but it’s muddled and a bit of a snooze. Luckily, the filmmakers seem to have realized this and stocked the movie with fun vignettes that give everyone — including Anjelica Huston, Christopher Lloyd and a young Christina Ricci — time to shine. Recommended. ★★★½