Small Screen Reviews

The Addams Family Review

The Addams Family 1 DVD/Blu-ray

Universal Pictures  

What’s It About:
Animated version of the classic TV series about a particularly creepy family, who are on the end of a hate campaign from a nosey neighbour after they refuse to renovate their ruined mansion.   

Who’s In It?
Charlize Theron (Monster, Mad Max: Fury Road, & more recently Long Shot)
Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davies, Ex Machina, Star Wars: Episode VIII)   

Other notables include:
Chloe Grace Moretz (Kick-Ass, The Equalizer, & more recently Greta)
Allison Janney (West Wing, I, Tonya, & more recently Bad Education)   

Director: Greg Tiernan (Thomas & Friends, Sausage Party) & Conrad Vernon (Shrek 2, Monsters vs Aliens, Madagascar 3, Sausage Party)   

Audiences Expect:
With Halloween just around the corner, The Addams Family would seem ideal fodder for the seasonal festivities. 
They’re creepy and they’re kooky and they’re really rather spooky – but unfortunately they are not. Nor are they interesting or endearing despite a remarkably talented voice cast, which boasts the likes of Charlize Theron, Oscar Isaac, Allison Janney and Chloe Grace Moretz.
Fresh from the Illumination stable, home of the Minions, The Addams Family is reintroduced to a new audience with creepy couple Gomez and Morticia, and their kids Wednesday and Pugsley. When the family move into New Jersey, things appear to be going well, until reality TV host Margaux Needler, who renovates houses, is rebuffed by the Addams Family and embarks on a campaign of hate against them. Meanwhile Wednesday is rebelling against her parents and trying to fit in to her local high school.
Despite the talented cast, the plot feels a little waifer thin, and in keeping with a film about ghost and ghouls, it unfortunately seems to lack any heart or soul with the characters going through the motions, resulting in the film being a little drab but younger audiences may disagree.    

In A Nutshell:
Despite a remarkable voice cast, the underwhelming Addams Family is a little frightful.   

The talent attached to the project   

The story is a bit drab and lifeless

Release date: 02/03/2020

Certificate: PG