“The Addams Family 2”: Dadadada *snap snap*

The Addams family is back as they continue the whacky, whimsical weirdness that made the first film enjoyable, only this time there are more homages to OG horror films on their family vacation to strengthen their bond.

Jarrett George-Ballard

Everything that is mundane, malevolent, monstrous and miserable spells out happiness for this loveable family who hates to love, but loves to hate.

But in the new sequel to the Addams family, “Addams Family 2,” the filmmakers are expanding the Addams’ lifestyle around America, distorting the boundaries of what it means to be a “normal family.” This is important because the Addams family’s traditions and values are paradoxes to how they truly feel about each other, but they love each other nonetheless.

This film’s world revolves around the actions of the Addams family and their decisions that affect the world. The world in this film looks vibrant and like something out of a Pixar movie, but the initial Addams family movie’s animation is a grungy monochromatic color palette. After an encounter with a mad scientist, the Addams family embarks on a presumably typical vacation, but dark clouds follow them.

Oscar Isaac plays Gomez Addams, a loving dad, husband and brother who’s always in a good mood. Isaac portrays Gomez as a suave, smooth-talking romantic whose voice is smoother than grease. Charlize Theron plays Morticia Addams, the nonchalant mom who ignores her children’s plots to kill each other. Theron takes this character and drags her voice down the proverbial chalkboard, but she speaks with the utmost confidence in everything she says.

Chloë Grace Moretz plays the ever-so monotone Wednesday Addams who’s always involved in death. This role is an unconventional one for Moretz because her voice fluctuations are one level — monotone — so you don’t hear much of her happy-go-lucky voice. Javon Walton plays the hungry Pugsley Addams who’s always plotting to kill Wednesday.

The parallels of being a “weird Addams family” when compared to the other “normal” characters in “The Addams Family 2” allows the characters to relish in their individuality, offsetting the modern American cookie-cutter family. “Normal” people aren’t less scary than the Addams family — they’re assimilated into the norm that is current society, whereas the Addams family is a family whose identity is honest and transparent, no matter how dark, twisted and murderous that identity might be.

Filmmakers did a good job of maintaining the consistency of the Addams’ creepiness by writing and directing a script that encapsulates the deathly and manic identities of the family.

The complexity of the Addams family lies in their family dynamic and how they interact with each other. Certain death and dread loom and linger around each barren crevice that would swallow most people not belonging to the family. The Addams are willing to be themselves 24/7, yet they’re judged for their uncanny behavior by anyone who isn’t their family. Despite the two kids’ attempts to kill each other, it’s their family tradition to embrace the macabre and violent nature of their behaviors.

This animated film’s target audience is children, so the humor is goofy and kooky, but this film also plants Easter eggs and pays homage to classic horror films. There’s a scene where the family is in Death Valley, Texas and there’s a sign that points to directions of Haddonfield, Camp Crystal Lake and Elm Street — homes of Michael Myers, Jason Voorhees and Freddie Krueger.

The humor in this film is carried by the nonchalant reaction of the Addams family attempting to kill. The music is comparable to Mario Kart’s 8 Deluxe Twisted Mansion and the Luigi’s Haunted mansion series — comically creepy and gives every scene additional weight.

Despite this film being an enjoyable ride for the family, it couldn’t capture the feeling of recreating the family’s eeriness in the first film. As the movie concludes, The Addams family leaves the viewer with snippets of nostalgia but fails to expand beyond the world created for them in the first movie.

Grade: B-