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The Addams Family 2

The 337th review!

Lincoln has totally given up napping, so this year has had more kids movies than in years past. There's nothing wrong with that because you can find some real gems if you look and hopefully President Baby will end up liking the genre when he's older. Earlier, Dear and I took him to see his first movie in the theater and our first movie since Avengers: Endgame. Lincoln watched, as he calls it, "Monster Mash." Or, as it's more commonly known...

The Addams Family 2 (2021)

We start with a science fair where Wednesday shows you can make people smarter by infusing them with certain animal genes, by experimenting on Uncle Fester. While she's excited (well, as excited as Wednesday can get,) she's disappointed to learn that everyone gets a first place ribbon. Then she has a small conversation with the host of the fair, participating via a hologram where she reveals her experiment was an old family secret. I already knew he was the bad guy because no one named Cyrus in these type of movies is ever good. We have Cyrus Gold, better known as Solomon Grundy, Cyrus Goode from Fear Street: Part Three, Cyrus Kriticos from Thir13een Ghosts and finally Cyrus from "Trailer Park Boys," all bad news!

We get to some family drama and learn that Wednesday may not be an Addams, but actually Cyrus' daughter. This is thanks to some early Fester shenanigans at the hospital nursery where she was born. The revelation comes as Gomez is planning a family vacation to reconnect with his daughter while dodging Cyrus' lawyer and hired muscle along the way. If you think about his plan for any amount of time you realize how it's almost all luck that he pulled it off, but whatever, it's not a big deal.

It's a fine kid's movie but I enjoyed the original more. For starters, with a family like the Addams', it's more fun seeing them interact with normies. In this one they're mainly around each other as opposed to the first one where there's an entire community of people reacting to their oddball antics. My other complaint is Pugsley is pretty much a nonfactor. He's really only there to get beat up by Wednesday. I understand their dynamic, but I've always liked Pugsley and he's essentially a punching bag for the entire thing. He has one scene where he blows up the Grand Canyon, but if you take that out, you don't lose anything. I think it's because Finn Wolfhard is no longer playing the character because his voice changed. I liked how the first one gave all the characters a chance to shine, but this one... not so much.

Those are the only things I disliked about it. These movies are fun and there's a lot you can do with them, so I can imagine they'll keep pumping them out and there's nothing wrong with that. There's one recurring joke throughout the movie that gets funnier the more it happens. The Addams' family is going on a road trip and they're visiting major landmarks. At each one, they end up doing something destructive right as a man is proposing to his girlfriend. I chuckled the first time, but by the end of the movie I laughed out loud. They also have the joke about Lurch being really good at piano, and I don't know why, but it will probably never not get a chuckle out of me.

The final fight is also really good too. Uncle Fester is becoming more and more like an octopus throughout the movie because of Wednesday's experiment, and despite it happening early, no one draws any attention to it. He loses his arm pretty quick after it turns into an octopus tentacle and no one acts like anything is wrong, even Fester. By the time we reach the end he's more animal than man and his fight with Cyrus is so absurd that it's awesome. I smiled at the ridiculous spectacle I was watching. No, I'm not going to post a picture because for one, it's too difficult to explain and two, you should see it for yourself.

I liked it, it was funny and entertained me, and more importantly, Lincoln seemed to like it too. He did get some fidgety moments, but for the most part he stayed in his seat and enjoyed the movie.

7 Dr. Chainsaws!


The Addams Family 2

In Theaters!

Everyone’s favorite spooky family is back! Morticia and Gomez are distraught that their children are growing up, skipping family dinners, and totally consumed with “scream time.” To reclaim their bond they decide to cram Wednesday, Pugsley, Uncle Fester and the crew into their haunted camper and hit the road for one last miserable family vacation. What could possibly go wrong?

RATED PG GENRE Animation, Family, Comedy, Adventure US RELEASE DATE Oct 01, 2021 CAST: Bette Midler, Bill Hader, Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz, Javon "Wanna" Walton, Nick Kroll, Oscar Isaac, Snoop Dogg, Wallace Shawn

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