BluRay/Digital Review: Addams Family sequel loses macabre edge

From the television series to the 1990s films, there was always a haunting, hilarious part of The Addams Family I’ve enjoyed for decades.

So when the animated film dropped in 2019, I was aghast. My fears, however, were for naught, because it ended up being thoroughly entertaining.

A domestic opening of $30-million and an overall total of over $100-million would lead to the inevitable sequel. But I’m sorry to say the quality, however, did not carry over to this incarnation.

Gomez, Morticia, Pugsley, Wednesday, Uncle Fester, Cousin It, Lurch and Grandma are all back, and while the voice cast is a blast, their efforts are drowned out by a god-awful script.

There’s not been a more predictable film in 2021, and the Addams family is headed on a family bonding road trip while a secret looms – A scientist believes Wednesday is his child, and doesn’t belong to the Addams clan at all.

It’s a dark comedic animated film about family and loving them, warts and all. But I have to wonder a movie so that sticks so utterly close to the same, old tired formula needed four co-directors and four screenwriters.

Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Javon Walton, Snoop Dogg, Bette Midler, Bill Hader, Wallace Shawn and highlights Chloe Grace Moretz and Nick Kroll are exuberant and full of energy, but this one fails them entirely.

It tarnishes the legacy of the source material and adds nothing new to the incredible franchise. The only redeemer here is that audiences saw through it too, and there won’t be a trilogy cash-grab for this uninspired crew.

2/5 Stars

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