The Addams Family 2
The Addams Family 2 (2021) movie review
A sequel to the 2019 animated Addams family reboot, The Addams Family 2 follows, you guessed it, the Addams family as Gomez takes the family on a cross-country road trip as a way of bringing the family closer together after he realizes that Wednesday is having a hard time fitting in. While the first Addams family film, well the 2019 one anyway, was a financial success, it underwhelmed critics, only holding a current 45% on Rotten Tomatoes. Audiences liked it a bit more, but this sequel holds a whopping 15% on Rotten Tomatoes right now, so let’s see how it fairs against- ugh Venom 2? Real great weekend we’ve got here. Hey where is Hotel Transylvania 4 again? Isn’t that streaming somwehere?
I won’t waste too much of your time with this one. Is it good? No. Is it a step down from the first film? Yes. Will you hate it if your kids drag you to see it? Possibly. Should you keep them from going to see it? Eh I mean, I guess not. While I generously gave the first film a 6/10 for a few genuinely solid laughs, it absolutely deserved worse. That generosity I felt has definitely worn out, as the chance to learn from the mistakes of the first film is more than lost on this mess of a sequel.
I use the word ‘mess’ because that’s exactly what the story is. The plot is just a series of jokes loosely threaded together with a road trip gimmick and a downright silly plot that makes the first film seem grounded in comparison. However while the 2019 film managed to pull out all the stops for a surprisingly entertaining final act, this one crashes and burns in its third act, giving audiences the bizarre human/animal hybrid kaiju fight that we ALL wanted from the quirky dark comedy premise… What??
Much like the first film, the story focuses on the relationship between Gomez and one of the children, Wednesday this time. However where the last film decided to put that off until the end, this film tries and fails to focus on it throughout thanks to a complete lack of sincere moments. Where does the time go? Jokes. So many jokes. Like I said, a few little references had my cracking up, and for that, I will spare the film from making my ‘Worst of 2021’ list. But gosh I got just so sick of the constant puns and quips and modern references and gross-out humor that this film crammed in.
I have no idea what age-range the filmmakers thought this was targeted towards, but they missed. In the movie we get Wednesday literally attempting to suffocate Pugsley with a pillow. I love it. In the era of Disney replacing a washing machine with a stupid pizza table, we have attempted child murder in our appropriately dark family film. So why are there so many poop jokes?? Huh?? Tell me, why the silly 5-year-old humor in a film where murder also takes place. And the puns- ugh, at one point Wednesday makes fun of how lame puns are. All I could think was, “THAT’S LITERALLY ALL THIS FILM HAS BEEN DOING!” AN exaggeration, but please don’t call attention to your flaws with no intention of improving them. Plus half the jokes don’t make sense. Pugsley lands face first into the shockingly small Niagara Falls, and a tourist on a boat nearby says, “Right in the Niagara Falls!” What? Like, what does that even mean?? And it’s that quality for ninety minutes.
Did I get enjoyment out of Oscar Isaac’s Gomez Addams doing a country accent? Only because I could picture him doing it in the recording studio yes. I’ll give the film that; the cast still did a fine job. Pugsley isn’t Finn Wolfhard anymore though. I get it, he sounds like a grown man now. It’s not the same though… Or maybe I just hated his subplot. Where he is trying to impress girls and ends up falling in love with… a literal pig?? This movie is gross.
Could I go on? Probably. Will I? Absolutely not. After careful consideration, I can’t give this film anything higher than a 4/10. I laughed alot through the first two acts of the film, but this stupid movie crashes and burns so hard that a 4 might be generous. Again. I don’t know, I don’t even want to see a third one. Don’t go see it. Obviously if the kids beg you, just see how many Stephen King jokes you can catch… Pft you know what? The score only features the Addams family theme once. The. Heck.
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-review by Ryan Prince