The storylines here are fuller; none of that a Fester who isn't Fester is really Fester stuff that seemed too scripted. Here, the 3 ongoing plots are more naturally-born from there characters:
Morticia and Gomez (Anjelica Huston and Raul Julia, the most perfect casting seen in film in some time) have just had a new baby. Dealing with new parenthood is bad enough, but when your two older children are doing their best to do away with their new baby brother ... well, even though he's pretty capable of taking care of himself, Morticia and Gomez have their hands full;
Then there's Debbie, played BRILLIANTLY by the underrated Joan Cusack, who comes to help with the children but instead is a notorious Black Widow-style murderess bent on marrying Fester and getting her hands on the Addams's fortune. Part of her plan in doing so is to get rid of the two older children, Pugsley and Wednesday, by sending them to a summer camp;
Pugsley and Wednesday are horrified by the cheery atmosphere at camp -- not to mention the caffeinated perkiness of the camp counselors, who are at times both revolted and ticked off by the 'weirdness' of the Addams kids.
All plotlines come together in a hilarious ending that remains true to the characters, and seems to come naturally from the story.
Christina Ricci (another of Hollywood's great underrated performers), as Wednesday Addams, again steals every scene she's in with ease -- her deadpan playing of Wednesday could not be more perfect.Read more ›
Joan Cusack is delightful here as is the rest of the cast. Again, a thoroughly watchable and re-watchable film with great pacing and a healthy sense of whimsy.
This time, a buxom blonde bombshell appears, to gain Fester's amorous attention, & thereby manipulate her way to the family jewels. But this erzatz Addams is a black widow in disguise. She employs wile & guile to get her bratty way, yet is thwarted by the Addams mentality at every turn. Sometimes, it seems the Addams Family is under the sovereignity of some Dark Force. Hmmmm, could it be ----- SATAN?!
Yes, seemingly effortlessly, The Addams Brood, gleefully morbid as they are, always come out on top.
In both movies, the romantic scenes between Gomez & Morticia always makes Me cast a loving & appreciative glance at My beloved.
The musical scores are always evocative & beautifully inspirational.
The Addams Family & Addams Family Values definitely receives the Draconian Seal of Approval.