“It’s supposed to be a scary film” I hear next to me. I look to my neighbour and observe a young boy in a red sweater brush the crumbs from his complimentary muffin away. He smiles a cocky smile to his friend and starts to sing. “The A-ddams Fa-mily!”
That sets the tone for me, this kid was all ready for a spooky and funny film. And right from the start we are in with Haunted Heart, sung by Christina Aguilera. It has me hooked immediately, the low tones fit in perfectly with this spooky family.
The story is mainly about the kids, Wednesday Addams, played by Chloë Grace Moretz (“Kick-Ass”, “Carrie”), and Pugsley Addams, played by Finn Wolfhard (“Stranger Things“, “It“). Oscar Isaac (“Star Wars: The Last Jedi“, “X-Men: Apocalypse”) plays Gomez Addams, the patriarch of the family.
He is training his son Pugsley for his “Mazurka”, a very important coming of age ceremony that the whole family will assemble for. Unfortunately, he’s not ready. Wednesday discovers the world outside of the mansion and makes friends in high school, in her own, charming way. Charlize Theron (“Monster”, “Mad Max”) is the voice of Morticia Addams. She has to come to terms with her little girl growing up.
Meanwhile a TV host called Margaux Needler, played by Allison Janney (“Bad Education”, “The Girl on the Train”), has built a creepily perfect town called Assimilation. She doesn’t appreciate the monstrous mansion looming on the hill and starts to rile up the villagers. The family does try to make friends with their neighbours, but they aren’t met with open arms. They are met with torches and screams, like in the monster movies of old.
I really like this version of the story. I laughed out loud several times and it sounded like the cast had a great time playing around with these characters. A scene that stayed with me is when Wednesday is having a biology lesson. All I will say is she’s having a little Frankenstein-moment, and deals some justice to a bully. It was very funny.
A character that’s often overlooked is Lurch, the butler. He’s slow and doesn’t talk much but he has a beautiful singing voice. Who knew! When the family is having a low moment, Lurch sets the tone with his rendition with Everybody Hurts. Good old Lurch.
When all is said and done and the credits roll, the sultry tones of Snoop Dogg fill the theatre. Honestly it threw me a little, but ok. Obviously you can’t just use Snoop Dogg as the voice of the incomprehensible It, the Addams’s small and hairy relative. It would be a waste of talent, so we’re treated to a song about family. I’m warming up to it as I walk down the stairs, bobbing my head along.
The morale is a little bit in your face, but it’s a kids movie. This is a good thing. We have to remember, we may have experienced this morale a few times, these kids haven’t. The movie shows us that being different is ok. Your differences make you unique. And if that’s a little in your face, then hopefully we’ll not miss it.