If you’ve seen The Addams Family, the 2019 animated revival of Charles Addams’ ghastly cartoons, you won’t be surprised by the sequel’s shortcomings. Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan’s formulaic and uninteresting sequel takes the not-so-grisly family on their first road trip. If it’s because the film’s development, like so many others, was disrupted by COVID-19, or perhaps the creators believe that younger audiences are less smart viewers, but something about this sequel just doesn’t work.
Wednesday Addams (voiced superbly by Chloe Grace Moretz), the film’s best and possibly only hilarious character, competes in a school science fair. The homicidal genius daughter of Gomez (Oscar Isaac) and Morticia (Charlize Theron) starts her speech with a thinly veiled dig at her parents. The phrases themselves aren’t particularly memorable, but it’s Moretz’s delivery — deliberate, incisive, and confident — that makes the film’s first few minutes feel promising. Wednesday’s extremely enthusiastic parents and her brother, Pugsley (Javon Walton), are in the audience, cheering her on despite her wish that they stay away from the event. IMDB