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‘The Addams Family’ delivers a good message

October 18, 2019 by Brett LaBore

Halloween is a great time to watch scary movies and other spooky, holiday-themed movies. To get in the spirit, I went to see “The Addams Family.”

“The Addams Family” came out on Oct. 11 and features the voices of Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloe Grace Moretz, Finn Wolfhard, Nick Kroll and Bette Midler.

It was directed by Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan, and written by Matt Lieberman and Pamela Pettler.

The Addams are driven out and forced to live on there own because others think they are monsters. But once a member of the family ventures past the fog, both the Addams and their neighbors learn something about one another.

I remember “The Addams Family” 1964 show briefly as a kid. My parents would turn it on and I would watch here and there.

The other way I’m familiar with the Addams family is the classic pinball machine. There is an Addams family pinball machine at a resort I go to every year, making me familiar with certain characters, themes and events.

So I had some background with this movie, but at the same time, my knowledge was lacking in certain areas. I think that hurt my chances of liking it more since I didn’t pick up on every joke or line.

This is an OK film. It’s not going to blow you out of the water. It has a pretty decent story, with some fun characters along the way. 

I’m not a huge fan of the animation style. I’m used to Disney/Pixar-style animation and I didn’t care for this as much as I had hoped, but I give props for it being different and unique. 

This is a film that is relying on laughter and humor. I didn’t find it very funny and that was a big miss for me. That might be due to the fact that I’m not familiar with the series. But I wish I could have laughed more.

The biggest flaw I can give the film is that it was a little boring. I found myself getting antsy and that is a big problem. I go to the movies to be entertained. That’s it. So when a movie doesn’t at least entertain me, that’s a flaw. 

It’s an OK Halloween movie. The film experience was enhanced slightly because it was in-season, but it wasn’t a movie I’d see annually this time of year.

I did like certain aspects of “The Addams Family.” The voice work is solid. Isaac is great as Gomez Addams. Theron as Morticia Addams had some clever lines.

But my favorite character and voice work came from Moretz. Wednesday Addams is curious and wants to know about the world that she lives in. I found her the most interesting character and I really got behind her. I could totally understand why she wanted to do certain things.

Moretz voiced her perfectly. Wednesday looks lifeless and Moretz portrayed her voice in such a way that matched her personality. I really liked her character.

But my favorite part of the movie is the message it presents. Towards the end, we get a message of getting to know someone, even if they are a bit different from you. There are so many great people and we need to appreciate and respect those differences. They may evens surprise you.

This movie teaches that and I found that refreshing. Everyone deserves a chance. You never know when a new friend is around the corner. 

And of course the iconic Addams family theme song gets played several times which I thoroughly enjoyed. It’s such a fun song and I found myself snapping along.

If you’re a fan of the Addams family, then you’re going to like this film and I hope you give it a watch. 

“The Addams Family” preaches a good message, one that made this movie a worthy trip to the movies.

Brett LaBore may be reached at [email protected] or [email protected]

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