The Addams Family
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As a general rule, adaptations of old TV shows suck. I'm not trying to be mean, but there are only a few that I actually like, such as: Dukes of Hazzard (guilty pleasure), Get Smart, Starsky and Hutch, and The Addams Family. Of these, The Addams Family is currently my favorite movie based on a TV show, and considering I never really cared for the show (sorry, but The Munsters were more fun to watch as a TV show) and Get Smart is still one of my favorite TV shows of all time, that's saying a lot.
What makes The Addams Family so much fun is the playful nature of the movie mixed with a lot of dark humor. First time director Barry Sonnenfeld (who went on to direct both Men In Black movies and Get Shorty as well as produce the TV show Pushing Daisies) almost makes this feel as though it could be a more comical Tim Burton film, but still remains faithful to the show with throwing fun facts from the show into the mix. The face of the matter is: this movie is just overall fun to watch more than anything else.
The acting also helps in this case. In my opinion, after The Addams Family Values there can be no future Addams Family movies because Raul Julia is dead, and no on will ever play Gomez the way that I think he should be played. Anjelica Huston has never been more beautiful or played a character as sexy as Morticia.Read more ›
Raul Julia and Anjelica Huston made this movie really work because their chemistry works so well on screen. You can see the character's emotions brilliantly portrayed by these two talanted actors. But not forgetting the rest, Christopher Lloyd was made a great Fester. This is a movie that has to be seen if you haven't.
But Barry Sonnenfeld gets it! And the cast is top-notch. Christina Ricci is more menacing than words can express. The late Raul Julia nails the character of Gomez.
Wonderful in its humor and its overall feel, this one is a keeper to enjoy over and over again.
Why? It's one of the few occasions when the modern movie revival of a TV series is actually better than the original.
The casting and performances are exquisite. The male actors chew the scenery, and they do it wonderfully, especially in the case of Raoul Julia. But the women steal the show with their--pardon the pun again--deadpan delivery.
Anjelica Huston was born for the role of Morticia--and has since made something of a specialty of macabre women, playing the villainess in Roald Dahl's "The Witches", a British kids' film. And even as a child, Christina Ricci proves that she has creepy down to a fine art.
I was a little disappointed in Lurch, though. Perfect physical casting, but the actor (whom I suspect doesn't speak English as his native language) was never given the opportunity for Ted Cassidy's notorious double-takes from the TV series. Or those curious noisdes Lurch made, which were kind of a cross between a groan, a moan, an uh-huh, or a yeah, maybe. Call me an Addams purist, but never did I hear him say the famous "Yes, Mr. Addams".
Thing makes up for it, in part. Freed from his box, he is the source of sight gags galore. Though I do kind of miss the cleverness of where Thing popped up in the TV series...
By the way, Ted Cassidy (who played Lurch in the TV series) had such big, gracious hands that he also played Thing. In scenes where they appeared together, apparently Thing was a hand in. Gosh, that's the third pun for which I need to apologise...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I originally saw this in theaters as a child and loved it! I was so happy to see it stand the test of time as my daughters now love watching it. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Andrea Anderson
Still amazing and now that I'm older more of the movie makes sense, I'll always love this family!Published 25 days ago by Jesse
The Addams Family movie allowed what was once a staple on television for me as a kid to come to the big screen. Read morePublished 27 days ago by By CJs Pirate
Thing's hand was Lurche's hand! Cousin ITT was a midget! Cecil Roy was the ACTRESS who voiced Casper the Friendly Ghost in the 60's!Published 3 months ago by Carl W.
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