Confidence tricksters zero in on an eccentric clan they consider an easy mark, only to find the Addamses more resiilient than expected, in a spooky comic adventure for all the family
The suggestion was that Hollywood in the nineties had run out of ideas, that its return to TV blueprints from another golden age was an indication of its redundant malaise. While there are certainly too many bad adaptations of good TV, The Addams Family succeeds on its own terms, as well as being as inventive, and funnier, than the TV version of Charles Addams' cartoon strip. There's not much plot to speak of (something about a Fester lookalike and attempts to usurp the Addams' fortune) but that is easy to forgive when the jokes come machine gun fast and the casting is so inspired.
Raul Julia and Anjelica Houston are sizzling as heads of the spooky family, Christopher Lloyd gurns gruesomely as Uncle Fester and Christina Ricci's performance as Wednesday, a sinister eleven year old who's favourite game is called 'Is There A God?', is wonderfully dark. A twisted treat.