THE ADDAMS FAMILY / ADDAMS FAMILY...
Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
What's it about
The Addams Family: A tricky con artist tries to pass off an impostor as Gomez' long lost brother Fester in order to try to gain access to the Addams fortune.
Addams Family Values: An evil serial killer nanny for the newest Addams, Pubert, tricks Fester into loving her, so she can marry him, kill him, and take his money. Meanwhile Pugsley and Wednesday are sent to a summer camp for rich kids.
Is it good movie?
Entering into this two-pack, I had somewhat fond memories of seeing these movies when I was a youngster. I do remember enjoying them, but didn't hold them as my favorite movies. Needless to say, I was anxious to delve into them again, and see what my educated (ha!) opinion would be.
The Addams Family introduces us to a wacky family of gothic, death-loving characters, the Vampish Morticia, her husband Gomez, the children Pugsley and Wednesday, Grandma, the disembodied hand Thing, The Manservant brute Lurch, and even cousin Itt makes an appearance. Geared towards a somewhat younger audience, this film still keeps its tongue firmly in cheek and is packed full of witty one-liners. The plot takes a little while to get started, but once it picks up, it's very enjoyable.
Values was released 2 years later, and is also very enjoyable. Joan Cusack plays the demented nanny from hell, and is out to wreck things for Uncle Fester, and take his cash. The pace was much more frenetic in this film, and as such, it made the picture seem a bit disjointed, almost like the movie was a series of comedy sketches slapped together one after another. This makes the movie drag a bit near the end. Still though, the charm of the original is left intact, and despite the pacing problems, is a wonderful film.
What makes these films work the most is the fact that the acting is absolutely top notch and fantastic, from almost every single cast member. Dan Hedaya, Joan Cusack, Christina Ricci, Anjelica Huston, they all nail their characters perfectly. However, the two anchors of both movies are the late Raul Julia's Gomez. and Christopher Lloyd's Fester. These men play their roles to the hilt, and are completely enthralling, and often hilarious. Fester is so dopey and loveable, while Gomez is so energetic and bizarre, it is simply impossible not to enjoy these characters.Their chemistry is undeniable, and they share a great amount of each film's one-liners. The set design and effects are also fantastic, especially considering both films were released in the early nineties. Thing looks great!
You really can't go wrong with these films. They're light entertainment, and really quite funny.
Video / Audio
Video is a nice, clean Widescreen picture, enhanced for 16:9 TVs, which really doesn't suffer much considering there are two films on one disc.
Audio comes to us in your choice of 5.1 Surround or 2.0 Surround, and sounded great on my home stereo.
We get..trailers. One for each film. Creepy..Spooky,,altogether bare-bones.
It is a bummer that there isn't an extra to be seen anywhere on this disc, but having both movies on one disc is a treat for anyone who loves a good watch. The thing is, this cast really looks like they're having a blast. When people are enjoying what they do, it really shines through, and that's what its all about.