The Addams Family 2 Explained: What’s Up With the Ending?

The Addams Family 2 is a road movie about a vacation that is supposed to bring the whole family together. As it happens, things don’t go according to plan, and the Addamses risk being left without their beloved daughter. Wensday is about to separate from Gomez and Morticia, whom she doesn’t consider her parents.

The Addams Family 2 movie meaning

Genre Cartoon
Directed by Greg Tiernan, Conrad Vernon
Starring Oscar Isaac (Gomez Addams), Charlize Theron (Morticia Addams), Chloe Grace Moretz (Wansday Addams), Jayvon Walton (Pugsley Addams), Nick Kroll (Fester Addams), Wallace Shawn (Mr. Mustela), etc.
BRON Studios, BermanBraun, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
Year of release 2021
IMDb Website

Characters from the Addams Family appeared in 1938 on the pages of newspaper comic strips, in the 1960s they were devoted to a TV sitcom, and in the 1970s a small animated series. In the 1990s, the characters were at the height of their popularity – at that time, a feature film starring Christopher Lloyd, Anjelica Huston and Christina Ricci was released (it was nominated for an Oscar, Golden Globe and Hugo Awards).

Over the decades, plots about good-natured aristocrats surrounding themselves with grimly deadly trappings have gradually exhausted themselves. Producers shifted their attention to fresher ideas with a mystical bent, and the Addamses disappeared from view. But their absence did not last long

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In 2019, the film company Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer returned Addams to the big screens, releasing a computer animation for children. Visually, the cartoon was unsuccessful, and the plot was weak – too modern and simple. Nevertheless, he collected a good box office in the world box office ($203 million with a budget of $ 24 million). Probably, the audience excitement was awakened by the actors who were invited to voice the main characters – among them Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron and Chloe Grace Moretz.

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Cartoon “The Addams Family 2” has not become more interesting than the first part, it just has a variety of locations on which the events of the cartoon unfold. So, the Addamses leave their gothic castle to travel across America. Their plans include a tour of the most eerie places, but by chance they find themselves in popular tourist spots, where the heroes stand out noticeably against the background of other travelers. Except for them, no one walks a lion, builds a guillotine out of sand and lays explosives on the expanses of the Grand Canyon.

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The main character of the animation is Wansday – she discovers a talent for science, feels superiority over others and gradually distances herself from her family. In addition, the girl suspects that she is not the native daughter of Addams, so the tension within the family becomes even greater. Also in the cartoon there is an antagonist who is interested in Wansday leaving home.

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The cartoon shows children who, at a certain point in their adulthood, become uninterested in their parents. Naturally, all this takes place in the format of a black comedy, where Wansday bullies his brother, conducts scientific experiments on his uncle and finds the only friend in the person of the Frankenstein-like butler.

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By the way, the butler Lurch again demonstrates his musical talents – in the first part he sang “Everybody Hurts” by R.E.M., in the second part he performed the song “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor. Perhaps this is the best moment of the cartoon, during which the menacing bikers from the roadside pub cheerfully start dancing, waving leather vests. Also in the cartoon there is a mockery of children’s beauty contests – with the participation of Wansday such competitions turn into horrors inspired by the famous novel by Stephen King.

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It should be noted that not all jokes from the cartoon will be understood by children, in addition, among them there is not very successful humor about the death of the father. Otherwise, “The Addams Family 2” shows a rambling adventure on the road, where only half of the story seems interesting.

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In short, computer animation about the Addamses is not exciting. You’re better off waiting for the Wansday Addams series, which Tim Burton will direct especially for Netflix.

Pros:
Road movie; musical number by Lurch the butler; theme of growing up

Minuses:
The animation hasn’t gotten any better; there are some questionable jokes

Conclusion:

An Addams’ trip across America that doesn’t seem very witty or interesting.

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