Co-directors Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon’s computer-animated horror comedy is based on the work of cartoonist Charles Addams. It features the voice talents of Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz, and Finn Wolfhard. After relocating to suburban New Jersey, the Addams family prepares for a major celebration that involves their extended family while maneuvering around the machinations of a devious reality-television host.~Augustine Chay
Deleted and Extended Scenes
Welcome to the Family
Charades with Thing
Life of a Scene
Addams Family Throwback
Charlize TheronMorticia Addams
Chloë Grace MoretzWednesday Addams
Oscar IsaacGomez Addams
Allison JanneyMargaux Needler
Nick KrollUncle Fester
Martin ShortGrandpa Frump
Catherine O'HaraGrandma Frump
Jenifer LewisGreat Auntie Sloom
Conrad VernonLurch, Priest/Spirit of the House/Dr. Flambe
To begin, I am a huge fan of the original, live-actions - This is NOT those. Anyone who expects this to be a "faithful reproduction" will be sorely disappointed. It is a standalone title, very loosely based on the characters of the beloved classic(s). It has its own agenda, which is much more directed at a young-ish audience, and turned out to be fine. It wasn't a life-changing experience, but it was fun.
Visually, almost any of the big studios can do spectacular things with digital animation these days. This one has great visuals, with a marvelous split palette between the Addams' world, and the "outside"... Contrast and grading have been managed beautifully, and the design of the characters is terrifically fun, even if they lean a bit heavily into the animated gags.
Audio is clean, and the surround stage is decently managed. There are very few instances where a very discerning listener might question the use of lower-quality source material for effects. Nothing egregious, but nothing that really screams quality. Just normal Addams screams.
In summary, this is a kids' film. It is based on a beloved, old franchise, but it is NOT the old classic. Anyone expecting that will hate this. It is LOOSELY based on those characters, with some fun exploration of their origins, and an entirely new story. Looks great for its generation of animation, and the blu-ray is pretty good.
I purchased this for myself. Being a fan of the original show I had to have it. Turns out it was better than I was expecting. Johnny Depp gave a great performance as did the supporting cast. If You are a fan of the original I am sure You will enjoy this. If You are unfamiliar with the show, I say give it a chance and then watch the original.
I know this got a lot of poor reviews, especially from Addams Family fans but I really liked it. Gomez was a little odd to me for some reason but it may be because in the old shows he had charm and charisma that he seemed to be lacking in this one. I also kind of miss the Wednesday from the old show-the sweet and innocent looking girl who was still creepy in her own way but they changed her appearance after the show ended and the new Wednesday has her own appeal. Those reasons kept me from giving this 5 stars. It was different than the show and their other movies but I think that just made it stand out in its own way. I will definitely watch it again and would be interested in a sequel.
The Addams Family is a good movie. But the thing I want to complain about is the digital code. It is only good for iTunes. Usually nowadays if you see + digital code or + digital, the code is good for Movies Anywhere (which includes Vudu, iTunes, Google Play, etc). Limiting to only iTunes is stupid especially if you don't have an Apple device. I had to drop it one star for this.