Ghoulish, macabre humour has been the backbone of the Addams Family who first garnered public attention as cartoon characters created by Chas Addams (Charles Samuel Addams 1912 -1998). In 1964, they transformed into ‘live’ characters in a black-and-white TV series which ran for two seasons.
Gomez Addams, his wife Morticia and their two children – Wednesday and Pugsley, are decidedly different as is Uncle Fester and Grandmama. However, there has always been a light-hearted, tongue-in-cheek repartee which appeals to young and old alike which is sadly lacking this time around.
Perhaps it’s because the script attempts to encompass so many themes which are pertinent today, making it top-heavy. Without giving too much away, it’s safe to say Wednesday is succumbing to the pressure of ‘wanting to belong’ and queries as to whether she really is an Addams.
It’s a stage that many teenagers traverse and for some it’s harder than others. Add to this the pressure a really bright child (gifted children are often extremely intense) feels when his/her efforts do not seem to garner the appreciation he/she feels is deserved. When accolades arrive from another source, the recipient often doesn’t stop to query whether there are any alternate agendas.
Without realising her words and actions have consequences, Wednesday pushes her parents away… Gomez, however, decides he needs to remedy the situation in the form of a family vacation. Every parent reading this will know that this will only worsen the situation when attempting to mend fences with a rebellious teenager.
Tip of the iceberg
This is but the tip of the iceberg. The manner in which Wednesday bullies her brother is yet another topic which some may find humorous as it is a thread which has continued since the characters first emerged, however, times have changed and as viewers are well aware the repercussions are no laughing matter.
On the lighter side, Lurch is as loveable as ever and he certainly is not about to leave Wednesday’s side… he takes his responsibilities very seriously. And as for Grandmama, she’s irrepressible!
Featuring the voices of
Charlize Theron (Morticia), Chloë Grace Moretz (Wednesday), Oscar Isaac (Gomez), Javon Walter (Pugsley), Nick Kroll (Uncle Fester), Snoop Dog (It), Bette Midler (Grandmama), Conrad Vernon (Lurch), Bill Hader (Cyrus Strange)