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The Addams Family Values, based on the The Addams Family by Charles Addams: a Film Review

Synopsis:

The Addams Family has welcomed a new member.  And not everyone in the family is happy about this.  Morticia hires a nanny as Wednesday and Pugsley’s attempts to murder their little brother go unfinished.

The nanny seduces Fester while Wednesday uncovers her dark secret.  Because of this she convinces Morticia to send Wednesday and Pugsley to summer camp.  A normal summer camp.

And as always…hilarity ensues because it is the Addams Family…

General Information:

-Genre: Black Comedy

-Creator: based on The Addams Family by Charles Addams

-Length: 94 minutes

-Rating: PG-13(sexual innuendo and slight sexual themes, violence and gore, some fantasy theming, mild profanity, dark comedy)

-Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, YouTube, Google Play or find it at your local library!

-Main Cast: Anjelica Huston,Raul Julia, Christopher Lloyd, Christina Ricci, Jimmy Workman, Joan Cusack

-Page of Reference in RPO: 177

Review (contains spoilers):

I had forgotten how long it had been since I had seen this movie…but it was just as delightful as I remember.

The introduction of Debbie added a fun juxtaposition to the film.  She is very light, bright and pastel and incredibly evil.  A distinct contrast to the dark mysterious and incredibly loving Addams Family.  Its really a unique design choice.

They seem to use it in the obvious way… to show that outside appearance has nothing to do with what you are like underneath.

I love the portrayal of Debbie and her homicidal tendencies but Wednesday almost rivals her performance with her own at summer camp.  Rarely do the children outshine the performances in a film full of adult stars but the way this film was written the children truly get the chance to shine.

I love this movie from start to finish.  It is one of a rare few that is entertaining the whole time and on repeated watches.

Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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The Addams Family (1991), based on the The Addams Family by Charles Addams: a Film Review

Synopsis:

We pick up on the Addams Family after a 25 year fall out between Gomez and his brother Fester.  The family is about to hold their annual seance to speak with, what they believe, is a long dead Fester.

Meanwhile, Gomez’s lawyer has gotten himself into a sticky situation with a loan shark.  He is unable to pay back the loan but hatches a plan with the loan shark and her son…who oddly looks like he could be Fester’s twin.

On the night of the séance the pair show up and convince Gomez that Fester has returned from the Bermuda Triangle but must return in a week…

Hilarity ensues because this is the Addams Family…

General Information:

-Genre: Black Comedy

-Creator: based on The Addams Family by Charles Addams

-Length: 99 minutes

-Rating: PG-13(sexual innuendo and slight sexual themes, violence and gore, some fantasy theming, mild profanity, dark comedy)

-Where to Watch: Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, YouTube, Google Play or find it at your local library!

-Main Cast: Anjelica Huston,Raul Julia, Christopher Lloyd, Christina Ricci, Jimmy Workman, Elizabeth Wilson, Dan Hedaya

-Page of Reference in RPO: 177

Review (contains spoilers):

This is by far my favorite rendition of the Addams Family.  From top to bottom the casting and the story are fantastic.

Anjelica Huston and Raul Julia’s portrayal of Gomez and Morticia Addams is absolutely spectacular and I do believe showcases one of the most devoted and lovely couples in television or film. Their performance is truly where the memes come from about their love being #goals.  They show their devotion in every moment on screen from the way they look at each other to their utter devotion to the dark and slightly depraved tendencies of the other.

Pugsley and Wednesday also have a stunning performance on screen. Their little moments of dark humor and play are just a wonderful bit of comic relief from the general story line.  And their interactions with the rest of the family truly capture the feel of the two children that Charles Addams created.

The rest of the performances are just as fantastic.  Between Fester getting his memory back slowly and both Thing and Lurch in their silent moments on the periphery and the general insanity that is the Addams Family…. This film really showed it all.

This is the film I think people really think of when they think of the Addams Family.  It’s a perfect combination of dark humor and family togetherness.  The writing is just spectacular. And the costuming and set were beautifully done.

The film is extremely entertaining. And one of my favorites to watch over the Halloween season (though it is fun to watch other times of the year too.)

Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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The Addams Family, created by David Levy and Donald Saltzman, based on The Addams Family by Charles Addams: a Television Series Review

Synopsis:

The Addams Family is all about the exploits of the eccentric and wealthy Addamses.  The Father, Gomez, is madly in love with his wife, Morticia.  They have two children, Wednesday and Pugsley.  They live in their mansion with Uncle Fester, Grandmama (Morticia’s mother), and two servants- Lurch and Thing.

From going to school for the first time to romances to dancing around the house the stories of this loving but macabre family were created as a contrast to the accepted “normal” American family with its 2.5 children, house in the suburbs and the white picket fence.  They show throughout all of their episodes that the love one has for ones family is not determined by outside appearance but by a person’s heart.

General Information:

-Genre: Black Comedy Sitcom

-Creator: David Levy and Donald Saltzman, based on the cartoons of Charles Addams

-Length: 2 seasons, 64 total episodes, 30 minutes each

-Rating: TV-8+ (morbid and macabre moments, dark comedy, some slight violence and some slight sexual innuendo)

-Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, DVD, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Carolyn Jones, John Astin, Jackie Coogan, Ted Cassidy, Blossom Rock, Lisa Loring, Ken Weatherwax

-Page of Reference in RPO: 177

Review (contains spoilers):

Season 1:

Such a fun show and lovely, well-developed characters right off the bat.  Jones and Astin laid a wonderful foundation for Gomez and Morticia.  They are loving, and kindhearted, and care deeply for their family.  They jump right into the troubles of their children, hate to be parted from each other and their brood. 

The eccentric acts of the family are sweet but interesting enough to keep you entertained. And the writing is amazing.  I’ve been laughing all throughout the season.

Season 2:

The show continues to be delightful.  The main cast is impeccable and I’m floored by the fact that the writers could continue to do such a good job considering the fluctuating group of side characters.   I honestly don’t understand why the show would have been done after a mere two seasons.  I am glad that I was able to watch this show for the first time ever having already fallen in love with the Addams Family.  It made seeing where they came from all the more enjoyable.

Overall the show is quite entertaining and watching it after having fallen in love with the later renditions of the family is definitely unique.  I can see how the actors in the early series laid a very detailed and comprehensive character study for later performances.  They captured the odd but loving couple.  The rather insane and morbid (but not disgusting) pastimes and various moments of chemistry that made later renditions so beautiful.  Its also fun to know that the entire set was bright pink because it was what created the shade of grey they wanted for the set.

And no matter the rendition of Gomez and Morticia they will always be my favorite couple. And their love remains #goals.

Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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The Addams Family, by Charles Addams: a Comic Strip Review

Synopsis:

A series of one panel comic strips that were about an unnamed macabre family that consisted of: a loving father, a stern but compassionate mother, a despondent daughter, a michevious son, an eccentric uncle and a flighty grandmama. 

The strip was published in the New Yorker starting in 1938 and ran throughout the next 40 or so years.  It told moments in the lives of this family, a stark contrast and a satirical look on the white-picked fence and 2.5 kids polished and living in suburban America.

General Information:

-Genre: Dark Humor Comic Strip

-Author/Illustrator: Charles Addams

-Number of Panels: unknown (as far as I can find the strip didn’t have a consistent publishing schedule even though Charles Addams did publish some comic panel in nearly ever issue of the New Yorker Magazine from 1932 to nearly his death in 1988)

-Main Characters: an unnamed family (we now know them as Gomez, Morticia, Wednesday, Pugsley, Uncle Fester and Grandmama)

-Where to Read: old copies of the New Yorker can be found at local libraries and in locally owned antique stores… you can find a variety of the comic’s panels online

-Page of Reference in RPO: 177

Review (contains spoilers):

Super cute but inconsistent and lacking the depth that was given to the characters later onscreen.  The panels are sweet and often funny and a true commentary on the idea that the macabre is automatically bad.  Charles Addams challenged that idea by creating a loving and kind family that had interests the exact opposite of the traditionally accepted interests of America at the time.

Review:

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.