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 star-studded voice cast on hand, but unfortunately their takes on these famous characters are more distracting than entertaining: Charlize Theron does her best as Morticia but her lines are often predictable and groan-inducing, while Chloe Grace Moretz continues her tiresome disaffected-teenager run as Wednesday here, and she sounds more bored than droll. The overall story is initially uninteresting but by the halfway point, things start to improve a bit, 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, like it doesn’t seem to know who its audience is: Its bones are far too ornate and old-fashioned for younger audiences so the filmmakers overcompensate with a noisy, more-is-more formula that’s bound to alienate older viewers. Ultimately, it’s unimaginative and forgettable, which is not something you’d expect to say about an “Addams Family” adaptation.

Rating: ★★ (out of 5)

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