Saturday, September 17, 2016

Movie Review: "The Addams Family" (1991)

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Movie"The Addams Family"
Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
Year: 1991
Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 1 hour, 39 minutes

A loan shark's son poses as the long lost Fester Addams (Christoper Lloyd) so they can steal the Addams family fortune from their secret vault. 

"The Addams Family" is directed by Barry Sonnenfeld and based on the 1965 television series of the same name. It revolves around the titular Addams family, made up of Gomez, played by Raúl Juliá, Morticia, played by Anjelica Huston, Granny, played by Judith Malina, Wednesday and Pugsley played by Christina Ricci and Jimmy Workman, their butler Lurch, played by Carel Struycken, and Thing, played by the disembodied hand belonging to Christopher Hart. "They're creepy and they're kooky, mysterious and spooky," well you get the picture. Gomez's brother Fester has been missing for many years, and their accountant Tully, played by Dan Hedaya, is in desperate need of money. When his loan shark comes to collect, Tully, while being accosted by them, notices her son Gordon, played by Christopher Lloyd, bears a striking resemblance to the estranged Fester Addams. That's when Tully gets the idea for Gordon to pose as Fester so they can steal the Addams's fortune. Unfortunately, all of these crooks and thieves get more than they bargained for when it comes to family Addams and their odd, mysterious house.

This film combines wonder and whimsy with a very morbid sense of humor. This family is not like most as they all have a very gothic look and have a love of death and all things macabre. They have a family history of murderers and witches. The two children Wednesday and Pugsley seem to have a determination to kill one another, and yet it somehow all seems to be in good fun. There are many laughs in "The Addams Family," be they death-related jokes, slapstick humor, or the mentioning of a detached limb. We always have a real good time watching this silly horror-esque comedy. Raúl Juliá is super suave and ultra charismatic as Gomez, and Anjelica Huston manages to be very sultry and terrifyingly calm as Morticia. The two play a fantastic on screen couple with a penchant for lavish public displays of affection. They are perfectly cast in their roles, as are most of the actors here. Christina Ricci is especially excellent as the twisted, Bermuda triangle-obsessed Wednesday, and her dead-pan delivery of the darkly comedic lines is perfect. And of course, Christopher Lloyd also delivers a fun performance as Gordon/Uncle Fester as he tries to convince the family he is the genuine article. The makeup and effects work are executed brilliantly, especially that of the disembodied hand Thing, which crawls around the screen like the family dog.

With its ghoulish themes, chilling look, and death and horror-centric humor, "The Addams Family" is a wonderfully fun film to get your family into the mood for Halloween. This may have some jokes that will go over really little kids heads, but then again, it is PG-13, so proceed with caution where little ones are concerned.

My Rating: 7/10
BigJ's Rating: 7.5/10
IMDB's Rating: 6.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 60%
Do we recommend this movie: Sure, why not?

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