I absolutely adore the Addams family movies, but I like this one a lot more because it is a tad funnier, the story is much more interesting, and they allowed Wednesday more screen time and funnier lines. Because of that, Christina Ricci was easily the funniest person in the movie. There was also the introduction of a more interesting antagonist, namely a seemingly sweet nanny played by Joan Cusack who is actually a gold-digger who marries Uncle Fester for his money. When Wednesday confronts her about it, she carts them off to summer camp, which makes up our secondary plot.
This movie reminds me how much I love the Addams Family. When I was younger, I wanted my family to be like them, and I wanted to be like Wednesday. All of the family members are easily some of the most recognizable and funny characters in film history. They all have their own personalities, their own backstories, and their own problems to solve. Charles Addams is a genius and
The main part of that is the performances of its teriffic cast. But what truly makes me sad is that this was Raul Julia's last movie before his tragic death. But out of all the rest of the actors, I absolutely adored Christina Ricci and Christopher Lloyd. I still like them in their careers now, but this movie is one of the reasons why Christopher Lloyd is my all-time favourite actor.
There were two plots in this movie. The primary plot is the birth of the new baby and the hiring of Debbie (Cusack) and her motivation to marry Fester. The secondary plot kick-starts when Debbie forces Wednesday and Pugsley to go to camp Chippewa, a perky summer camp where they do not fit in. There Wednesday meets Joel Glicker, a boy who she seems to get along with because of their mutual outcastiness.
The summer camp scenes are the funniest stuff in the movie, and it really lets Christina Ricci shine. We also get to see Mercedes McNab (AKA the girl scout in the first movie) as Amanda Buckman, the perfect annoying rival for Wednesday and insults the Addams family to no end. Naturally, all the campers and the camp counselors (played by Peter McNichol and Christine Baranski) love her and they all hate Wednesday, Pugsley, and Joel. It's also funny because we get to see Christine Baranski play perky because normally she is so good at playing such bitchy characters. So much in fact that I call her an american Joanna Lumley.
Of course, this movie is played perfectly for macabre laughs and has fewer sight gags than the first one. The acting isgreat, like I said, and the sets and costumes are really creative also. Everything about this movie is great and it remains one of my favourite film series ever and one of my favourite comedies of all time. As much as I absolutely adore the first film, I think this one is much better just because its much funnier and has a more interesting antagonist. I would recommend this to anyone, but I would suggest you watch the first film beforehand just to have some prior knowledge. Keep your eyes open for a review of the first one coming later tonight.
PS: I heard somewhere that they are rebooting this (the series I mean)? Any validation or thoughts?