The Addams Family (2019)

When sitting down to watch this latest adaptation of the famous cartoon by Charles Addams, it’s hard to shake the feeling that there’s no reason for this to exist at all, and the movie does little to change that perspective. There’s a terrific voice cast on hand, but unfortunately the A-list voice cast taking over the famous roles is more distracting than entertaining: Charlize Theron does her best as Morticia but her lines are often groan-inducing and dull, while Chloe Grace Moretz continues her tiresome disaffected-teenager run as Wednesday here, and she sounds more bored than droll. The overall story is tiresome but by the halfway point, things start to improve but it all goes to pot in an overlong, needlessly chaotic climax that doesn’t actually resolve much. There’s also a core problem in the movie’s DNA, in that it doesn’t seem to know who its audience is: Its bones are far too ornate and old-fashioned for younger audiences, and its approach here is shoehorned into the noisy, more-is-more formula of modern family entertainment that’s bound to alienate longtime audiences. Ultimately, it’s forgettable and unimaginative, which is not something you’d expect to say about an “Addams Family” adaptation.

Rating: ★★ (out of 5)

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