The Addams step out of Charles Addams' cartoons. They live with all of the trappings of the macabre (including a detached hand for a servant) and are quite wealthy. Added to this mix is a crooked accountant and his loan shark and a plot to slip in the shark's son into the family as their long lost Uncle Fester. Can the false Fester find his way into the vault before he is discovered?Written by
John Vogel <email@example.com>
Toward the end of the movie, Morticia is seen telling the Grimms fairy tale "Hansel & Gretel" to a group of children. In the first episode of the television series, the Addams' take issue with the Grimms fairy tales being read in school, because of how violent they were toward dragons and witches. See more »
When Morticia goes back to the Addams mansion to speak to Tully and is captured, and Thing follows her and goes back to the motel to tell Gomez, it's obviously night. But when Gomez is at the table and Thing is trying to communicate, the room is filled with daylight. When they leave to save Morticia, it's night again. See more »
The Addams Family are one of the more recognisable families in TV history. With that in mind, let's skip the introductions and get straight to the chase.
The performances in this movie are superb. It's a black, black comedy, and as such, it requires a certain kind of actor. The kind who has the right look, the perfect comedic timing, and the ability to deliver lines so deadpan it almost hurts.
Raul Julia, Anjelica Huston, and a young Christina Ricci somehow ALL manage to deliver. They're truly a delight to watch, delivering the most macabre lines without even coming close to cracking a smile, yet having me in stitches every time. Even Christopher Lloyd, playing a far more energetic character, manages to bring in a maniacal edge to the performance. I don't think there's an actor in the movie who doesn't understand the role they play.
The script is great material for them to work with too, extremely witty, rarely if ever falling on it's face, and complemented with some fantastic sets. And let's not forget the music. From the legendary theme tune, to the harpsichord jingles accompanying the visual gags, to the booming organs during the heavier moments, it's spot-on. The whole movie works as one to capture *THE* Addams atmosphere, macabre as it's ever been.
Sure, there's a plot too, but while it drives the movie on, you'd watch this movie for the wonderful theme, not for an intriguing plotline.
It's a classic, and you're doing yourself a disservice if you haven't seen it, or if you think you're too sensible for this kind of movie.
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