Run time: 87 mins
Before you all click your fingers in unison – this isn’t the beloved creepy classic from the early nineties. Instead it’s an admittedly peculiar-looking animated update.
The film places the Addamses in the 21st century to comment on how witch hunts of old have transformed into paranoid online neighborhood watch groups. Clever!
After a brief prologue depicting the morose wedding of Gomez Addams (Oscar Isaac) Morticia (Charlize Theron) the film leaps ahead to the classic Addams Family status quo. Gomez and Morticia are happily ensconced in a ghoulish haunted house with their murderously deadpan daughter Wednesday (Chloë Grace Moretz) and son Pugsley (Finn Wolfhard). Pugsley’s impending “Sabre Mazurka” is a sort of bar mitzvah-esque coming-of-age ceremony. It is set to bring the entire extended Addams family into town.
Conflict arrives in the form of a home-renovation celebrity named Margaux Needler, she’s also planning a celebration. She’s purchased a nearby village and given the place a complete make-over. She’s planning on revealing the changes on her show and making a fortune in house sales. It’s all together kooky fun. (Jack Whiting)