The Addams family returns in the second animated film with the content revolving around their trip across America.
The Addams Family is an animated franchise famous for its humorous, ironic perspective and characteristic dark comedy style. The comic characters created by Charles Addams are ironic, satirical 20th century American style.
The couple Gomez and Morticia live in a gloomy house with two children, Wednesday and Pugsley. Along with Uncle Fester and the other members, the Addams family did not hesitate to show their enjoyment of scary events, despite the timid looks from everyone around.
Season 2 of The Addams Family animated version directed by Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon. Famous actors including Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz, Nick Kroll, Bill Hader and Snoop Dogg continue to voice the characters in the film. After the 2019 premiere that introduced the Addams’ life in the new residential area, the film delves into the relationship between Wednesday (Moretz) and family members.
While the presence of her family at the school science competition, which made Wednesday very unhappy, the excessive treatment of her father Gomez (Isaac) made her “difficult”. Realizing that her daughter was gradually estranged, Gomez decided to take the whole family on a trip across the United States to mend their feelings. However, they are stalked by a mysterious lawyer, leading to new details that threaten to affect the relationship of family members.
Invest in visuals and dubbing
Creating characters close to the original, choosing the right sound and easy-to-follow content are the most obvious plus points of the film. The space, color and music in the work are built with a modern orientation while still closely following the context of the two movies, The Addams Family (1991) and Addams Family Values (1993). With clear content and moderate pacing, the work brings a family story told in a dark, creepy atmosphere.
The Addams’ bizarre sense of humor always gives the audience a different perspective on everyday situations. This is also the unique substance that makes The Addams Family different from other similar-themed brands like The Flintstones or The Simpsons. This feature is successfully demonstrated by the cast through the character’s voice acting.
In an interview with Collider, Moretz shared that he studied and studied Wednesday’s character to best convey her sarcastic and disdainful personality. Small details such as Wednesday’s slow pronunciation and fondness for torturing his younger brother Pugsley are all vividly reproduced, creating excitement for viewers.
The character Morticia (Charlize Theron) is presented with a flat tone, exuding a cold, mysterious appearance. Answering a question to Mama’s Geeky, the star said she used her motherhood experience and childhood memories to portray a Lady Addams to the fullest. Specifically, Theron has tried to keep the tone even and somewhat emotionless, but still subtle enough for the audience to feel Morticia’s concern with other family members.
It is the investment in voice acting by the cast that helps the work portray the iconic characters of the Addams family well. Targeted at both young and adult audiences, The Addams Family 2 will bring family members moments of light and comfortable entertainment.
The refresh (reboot) hasn’t come out of the safe zone yet
Along with the first part released in 2019, the animated series, despite its efforts, is not enough to fully express the spirit of the brand. In the original movie, every time the Addams family appeared, the surrounding atmosphere became dark and deadly. They laugh at dangerous behavior and freely make sarcastic comments. This is also the specialty that helps The Addams Family brand become successful and popular with fans.
The purpose of refreshing the content causes the above-mentioned specific details to be moderated. Young audiences can only enjoy the humorous scenes, but it is difficult to understand the hidden meanings in the lines. Adult viewers, on the other hand, regretted that the film did not have enough typical dark comedy elements.
With a safe choice in storytelling, the work flow is slow in some details and somewhat deviated from the main plot of the film. This makes it easy to follow for the little ones, but it’s lengthy for the fastidious viewers. Although it can reach new audiences, the reboot version has not been able to satisfy viewers due to the lack of necessary breakthrough.
With clear content and eye-catching visuals, The Addams Family 2 is a relatively suitable choice for the whole family. Although it did not receive a lot of reviews from critics on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic, the film was voted quite well by the audience on PostTrak with 87% positive, saying it is a work worth watching in this year’s Halloween season.