The Addams Family (1991)


“Don’t torture yourself, Gomez. That’s my job. ” – Morticia

Number of Times Seen – At least 5 times (Theater in ’91, cable, DVD and 14 Oct 2020)

Brief Synopsis – The crooked lawyer tries to take the Addams Family fortune by involving a criminal who looks like the long lost Uncle Fester.

My Take on it – As a kid in the 80’s, I would watch reruns of lots of shows from the 60’s on a daily basis.

The Addams Family was one of those staples of my childhood along with The Munsters, I Dream of Jeannie, Bewitched and of course Gilligan’s Island (to name just a few).

When they announced in the early 90’s, that they were making a film version of the show, I was a bit concerned about it all.

When I finally got to see the end product, I was quite impressed with what Barry Sonnefeld was able to do with this story.

They are able to create such a fun way to present the creepiness and kookiness of this family in a very humorous way.

The dark characters are presented really well and the deadpan way that they all act is superbly done to make things even funnier.

The film has an amazingly talented cast led by Raul Julia and Anjelica Huston who are both perfectly chosen for the roles of Gomez and Morticia.

The dark tone of the story adds so much and the Gothic dialogue is expertly woven into this story for maximum effect.

The story plays out quite well despite a few plot holes along the way.

The atmosphere of the film is quite reminiscent of a haunted house and that adds another element to it all because of the way that the house itself is a prominent character in the story as things unfold in directions one might never expect.

Bottom Line – Such a fun way to create a creepy story with some really dark characters. The cats is superb and both Julia and Huston are perfectly cast as the patriarch and matriarch of the family. The film’s dark tone adds to the humor of it all along with the dialogue which is so perfectly set up for laughs.  The story itself works quite well despite a few plot holes along the way. The movie expertly creates a haunted house atmosphere for this family to live which adds more and more surprises to the story as things unfold.  Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – After the movie premiered, children would frequently recognize Raul Julia as Gomez Addams out in public, which according to him, always brought a smile to his face. Julia stated that Gomez Addams was by far his favorite role, and his family said this recognition was especially meaningful to him in the final months of his life because he loved performing for children and making them happy whenever the opportunity presented itself. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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