Guess Who’s Back On The Screen—“The Addams Family”

Is Everybody’s Favorite Spooky Halloween Movie, “The Addams Family” Really a Flop?

By: Roseanne Cassar

This creepy and kooky family takes over the silver screen again. Credit:

A brand new family who is spooky, creepy and very different made it in time for Halloween in theaters. This October 2019, a revision of the Addams family is back and our favorite characters are back in animation, bright colors and in 3D.  

The movie’s setting, plot, and narrative have not changed over the years, but no change is needed with this unique family. Kids of all ages, including adults will always love the Addams family no matter how strange they may seem.

The movie started out with Gomez (Oscar Isaac) and Morticia (Charlize Theron) reciting their vows in the outskirts of their village, in front of close family and friends. Just before the ceremony ended, an angry vicious mob of villagers decided to chase the newlyweds, along with their guests out of their village. 

Gomez and Morticia find themselves stranded in the middle of nowhere and the Addams are not sure about what to do.

Morticia made Gomez promise that they will find a new home in an area that was filled with peace, harmony and no more hatred from people who mock them because of their appearance and being different from others. She wants her family, especially their children, to feel safe in their surroundings.

 The family decided to make New Jersey their new home.

The Addams found an old abandoned asylum castle and turned it into their new residence where they started a new life and tried to make new friends (or friends with bad intentions). 

The new 2019 animated version of “The Addams Family” is a spinoff from cartoons, T.V. series and the Addams Family comedy movie starring Raul Julia and Anjelica Huston.  

According to the New York Times review it states, “Although returning the Addams to illustrated form brings them full circle (Charles Addam’s New Yorker cartoons long predated the 1960s TV series), this movie exists in the shadow of Barry Sonnenfeld’s live – action films from 1991 and 1993. As spot on as the casting of Isaac and Theron may sound, animation spares them from having to match the ingenious physical comedy of Raul Julia and Anjelica Huston.”

Of course, in every movie you have bad guys. The bad guy is Margo, she is the woman to go to when you want to upgrade your house to fit into her unrealistic neighborhood. When she saw the creepy castle that the Addams were living in, Margo decided to help them, but not in a good way.  

Margo is the kind of person who will act like a Ms. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde behind everyone’s back.  When Margo saw that she couldn’t get through to the Addams with change, she decided to turn on them. Margo used all the neighbors who were already living in her unrealistic world to turn against the Addams and help her run the family out of their neighborhood by doing some demolition work to the castle.

The castle was being destroyed while the Addams family were having a party for their son Pugsley’s mazurka creating chaos for family and friends. In the end, Margo’s daughter and Wednesday found enough dirt on Margo to inform the neighbors exactly what Margo is up to behind closed doors.  Margo is nice enough to make over everyone’s houses plus putting in hidden cameras too; pulling out her true colors so the whole neighborhood sees her for who she really is, a spy.

This past Tuesday, I saw the movie “The Addams Family.”  I give the movie two thumbs up. Children of all ages, including the adults should go see the movie.  

Rotten Tomatoes have no right giving this movie a negative review.  This movie is adorable and for the first time in 3D. This is perfect for Halloween.

The moral of this movie is generally showing the difference from right and wrong and how to treat other people regardless of how different, unique looking or weird you are. In other words, “don’t judge a book by its cover” and treat people equally.


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