‘The Addams Family 2’ review: The animated sequel hits the road to scare up more laughs
Shrewdly, the main focus of this journey entails Addams daughter Wednesday (voiced once more by Chloë Grace Moretz), who’s experiencing that coming-of-age part when she hates her kin, even past her customary makes an attempt to homicide her brother Pugsley (Javon “Wanna” Walton, changing Finn Wolfhard, who aged out of the position).
Involved about Wednesday’s angle, the ever-cheery Gomez (Oscar Isaac) convinces spouse Morticia (Charlize Theron) it is time for a household street journey, hoping to rekindle their familial bond. Because it seems, it is also a method of avoiding the unwelcome lawyer (Wallace Shawn) asking questions on whether or not Wednesday was switched at start, which could clarify her disenchantment together with her folks, dryly musing about spending time with them, “It is torture, and never the enjoyable form.”
Once more directed by Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon, the film begins slowly, with Wednesday exhibiting her disdain for participation-trophy tradition at a science honest, the place she attracts the eye of the rich mogul Cyrus Unusual (Invoice Hader).
Because the street journey takes off, the film settles into an episodic groove, making the standard broad references supposed to evoke giggles from youngsters (like discovering a litter field for a pet lion) whereas dropping in some disarming homages, together with an sudden nod to “Carrie.”
For now, although, this animated sequel plucks sufficient of the fitting buttons to qualify as an inexpensive addition to household film time — that means poor Wednesday may have to brace herself for one more household tour within the not-so-distant future.
“The Addams Household 2” premieres in US theaters and on digital on Oct. 1. It is rated PG.