FW MOVIE PICK: THE ADDAMS FAMILY (1991)

Christina Ricci, Raul Julia, Christopher Lloyd, Anjelica Huston, Judith Malina, Carel Struycken, and Jimmy Workman in The Addams Family (1991)

“The’re Creepy and Cooky, Mysterious And Spookey, Their First Theatrical Movie is a Hidden Gem y, The Addams Family!” When a man claiming to be Fester, the missing brother of Gomez Addams, arrives at the Addams’ home, the family is thrilled. However, Morticia begins to suspect the man is a fraud, since he cannot recall details of Fester’s life. With the help of lawyer Tully Alford, Fester manages to get the Addams clan evicted from their home. Gomez realizes the two men are conspiring to swindle the Addams fortune and that he must challenge Fester. The film stars Raul Julia, Anjelica Huston, Christopher Lloyd, Christina Ricci, Carel Struycken, Jimmy Workman, and Christopher Hart. I may not have technically watched any of the TV Adaptations, I still understand the bizarre, macabre, aristocratic nature of the titular family. Raul Julia was born to play Gomez, Anjelica Huston is delicious as Morticia, Christopher Lloyd is an odd choice, but works for Uncle Fester, Christina Ricci steals the show as Wednesday, Carel Struycken is perfect for Lurch, Jimmy Workman is fine as Pugsley, and Christopher Hart is great as Thing thanks to visual effects that still hold up by today’s standards (even if its strange to see the Hand moving around like a spider instead of being nothing more than a Hand in a Box). Although I do enjoy most of the black comedy bits for the most part, the main problem with the movie is that its so disjointed sometimes and it can be all over the place. Overall thanks to a bigger budget and A-list stars, they really let loose on the movie outing of the titular family, which also happens to be the Barry Sonnenfeld in his screen directing debut!

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