October 29, 2021 The Addams Family 2 (Movie Review)
They’re creepy and they’re kooky, and they’re on vacation! The Addams Family 2 premiered in theaters and on streaming services on October 1st, 2021 thanks to United Artists Releasing. In the sequel to the 2019 blockbuster, in an attempt to bring the family closer together The Addams Family goes on a cross country road trip. The creepy clan all load up into their haunted camper and set out for one long, wretched family vacation.
As the film starts, we find ourselves at a school science fair where Wednesday (Chloë Grace Moretz: Kick-Ass 2010, Carrie 2013) is there to compete in the only way an Addams knows how, in an elaborate and terrifying display of madness featuring her pet octopus Socrates and her Uncle Fester. She catches the eye of the renowned scientist Dr. Cyrus Strange (Bill Hader: Trainwreck 2015, It Chapter Two 2019).
At home, Morticia (Charlize Theron: Monster 2003, Snow White and the Huntsman 2012) and Gomez (Oscar Isaac: Ex Machina 2014, X-Men: Apocalypse 2016) worry that the children are growing apart from them as they’re growing older which sparks the idea for the family vacation. Before they can head out, they’re approached by a lawyer named Mr. Mustela (Wallace Shawn: The Princess Bride 1987, Toy Story 1995) who claims Wednesday was switched at birth and is not actually an Addams who then spends the rest of the film pursuing them after they blow him off.
While it’s always fun to see our favorite morbid family get into hijinks, unfortunately some of trip falls a little short. It’s mostly filler shenanigans until the climax of the film when Wednesday discovers she’s possibly the daughter of Dr. Strange and sets off to find him at his home. Despite how the middle of the film drags on, it’s still fun to see the characters we know and love cause chaos and wreak havoc all across the country. From Fester (Nick Knoll: Adult Beginners 2014, Sing 2016) trying to help Pugsley (Javon “Wanna” Walton: Euphoria series, Utopia series) with the ladies, to Cousin It (Snoop Dogg: Training Day 2001, Turbo 2013) delivering some sound advice to Wednesday about acceptance before jet setting off to perform at a party thrown by Grandma (Bette Midler: Beaches 1988, Hocus Pocus 1993). On top of having a killer soundtrack from Megan Thee Stallion and the fun Horror references to classics such as 197’6’s Carrie, 1984’s A Nightmare on Elm Street, 1980’s Friday the 13th, among others.
It’s a fun-loving film for the entire family to enjoy. It’s got enough of charm for fans of the original characters while being entertaining for the little ones. The perfect addition to your Halloween watch-list for the kids before you put them to bed and put on the 1973 classic The Exorcist. That is why Cryptic Rock gives The Addams Family 2 3 out of 5 stars.