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The Addams Family

  • Jan 22, 2011
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The script may not be spectacular, but I still love this movie to death and I always will. I explained in my Addams Family Values review how much I love this series, and I think this is one of the most well-made comedies ever made and certainly one of the best dark comedies ever made. Sure, the sequel is a tiny bit better but this one is still good. However, it has some deficiencies as well, like the average script and the uninteresting antagonists. But this movie has a great cast and great macabre laughs. It also manages to get out some funny sight gags that are better than the ones Hollywood has to offer nowadays.

This film has a great ensemble cast and the individual talents of the actors are put to wonderful use to make this movie. Of course the older seasoned actors like Raul Julia (RIP) and Anjelica Huston are fantastic and Christopher Lloyd is always a hoot, but who really stole the show were Christina Ricci as Wednesday and Jimmy Workman as Pugsley. Gomez and Morticia were kind of annoying at times, but Wednesday and Pugsley were never annoying. However, the only good performance outside the family was Dana Ivey as Margaret, and she just did okay. Our antagonists are underwhelmingly inept and are improved upon and then some by Joan Cusack in the second movie. Nothing else to be said about the cast, other than that they're good.

I love dark comedy and all things macabre and the Addams Family is a big part of that. For those of you who don't know, The Addams Family is about...what else? The Addams family, people with taste for the dark and macabre. It shows the return of Uncle Fester, or so they think. It turns out Fester is actually named Gordon, the son of a woman who wants the Addams' money. Wacky adventures ensue, and I won't tell you what happens at the end. The story is much more streamlined and funny in the second one, but the story of this is okay and fairly well told. This movie is more madcap in terms of its humour, relying mostly on sight gags (even though it definitely works) and the second one relies more on dark comedy and fewer sight gags.

I know this review is shorter, but I've been having a bit of writers block and can't figure out anything else to say. I love both of these movies to death and can't figure out why this only got 60%. It's worth at least a 65% if not more. Its by no means perfect, but it definitely is worth a watch especially along with the second movie. The two of them together are two of the best dark comedies ever made.

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Quick Tip by . July 03, 2010
an entertaining movie. funny characters, good story. its great because ive had people tell me that this movie is what they always envisioned goths living like!
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