‘The Addams Family 2’ Offers Diminishing Returns | Movie reviews

From left to right: Gomez Addams (voiced by Oscar Isaac), Wednesday Addams (Chloë Grace Moretz), Uncle Fester (Nick Kroll), Morticia Addams (Charlize Theron), Lurch (Conrad Vernon), Pugsley Addams (Javon Walton), Grandma (Bette Midler) and It (Snoop Dogg) in “The Addams Family 2”

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By Katie Walsh | Tribune press service

The 2019 animated feature “The Addams Family” was a nice refresh of the classic characters for a new, younger audience. At 83 (Charles Addams cartoons debuted in New Yorker Magazine in 1938), it’s a wonder the Addams have the resistance they have. The new films, directed by directors Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon, remain true to the aesthetic and sensibility of Charles Addams, and the filmmakers have assembled a talented cast to express this macabre and tight-knit family and deliver the grim, puny dialogue. which is their trademark. .

The first film struck at the heart of what makes the Addams Family unique: Their embrace being different is actually more inclusive and loving than anything that usually passes for “normal.” This sentiment is repeated in the sequel, “The Addams Family 2,” but the overall effort unfortunately delivers diminishing returns.

Lacking in narrative rigor, “The Addams Family 2” is just a series of loose vignettes tied together by a family road trip format. Patriarch Gomez (Oscar Isaac) is inspired to take the entire crew on vacation to encourage bonding after Wednesday (Chloe Grace Moretz) begins to feel alienated from the rest of the family, embarrassed by their bossy affection at her school science fair. The suggestion, perpetuated by a persistent lawyer (Wallace Shawn) chasing her, that Wednesday may have been reversed at birth, makes her question everything. Soon, it appears that this lawyer has been hired by mysterious tycoon Cyrus Strange (Bill Hader), but his belief that Wednesday is his true offspring could hide a far more nefarious agenda.

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