The Addams Family 2 – Blu-ray Review

The Addams Family 2

There must’ve been a chord struck with families when it came to the first Addams Family animated movie. Despite a terrible first film, The Addams Family 2 is a film that surprisingly exists. Much like its predecessor, Addams Family 2 plops Charles Addams’ character creations into a dismally generic animated flick.

The animated sequel takes a page out of the 90’s live-action films as it centers on someone trying to devise a rift between the solid-as-a-gravestone cohesion of the Addams clan. This time, it’s Wednesday (Chloë Grace Moretz), feeling suffocated by the adoring affection of her parents—more specifically Gomez (Oscar Isaac). To keep the bond alive, Gomez comes up with a plan to take the family on a road trip across the U.S. They, of course, find themselves in plenty of fish-out-of-water situations, most of which are tragically tedious. The film starts hilariously, but the screenwriters run out of material quickly. 

Even the cast seemed like they didn’t want to come back, except for Nick Kroll and Chloë Grace Moretz. Kroll was as perfect an Uncle Fester as Christopher Lloyd was and even brought his signature comedic style to the role. As for Moretz, she steals the show. The rest of the cast lends indifference to an already lackluster script. 

Overall, The Addams Family 2 is a little more kooky and spooky, but that’s not saying much. While it’s slightly better than the previous film, many issues from the Addams Family remain. Sure, it serves as an introduction to the macabre world of The Addams Family for the little ones, but these movies are starting to become nothing more than babysitter flicks. In other words, they’re merely animated films that are made for kids to sit in front of the TV while their parents go and do something else.

Movie Rating: 2.5/5 atoms

The Addams Family 2 - Charlize Theron, Oscar Isaac, and Conrad Vernon

Video

The Addams Family 2 hits Blu-ray with a 1080p MPEG-AVC with a 1.85:1 aspect ratio. A lot of the surfaces of the 3D animation have a sheen and shine to them. The highlights look pristine overall. The black levels are more of a dark gray and are consistent throughout. For an Addams Family movie, this film is very colorful. The several landmark settings that the Addams visits add vibrant colors to the flick. Not to mention, the iridescent fire and sheen also showcase the vibrancy of the palette. The picture is clear for the most part. However, there is a slight softness to the look of the video, especially around the edges. On the other hand, several scenes are overly sharp to the point of distinct aliasing on the edges.

Video Rating: 4/5 atoms

The Addams Family 2 - Chloë Grace Moretz, Charlize Theron, Oscar Isaac, and Javon 'Wanna' Wallace

Audio

The Addams Family 2 hits Blu-ray with a 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track. The film, as a whole, doesn’t have many moments of calm, but when it comes, the atmospherics are distinct. The score and soundtrack predominantly take over the front channels, but the music playing in the rears sounds more subtle than it should be. The dialogue takes obvious priority in the entire mix and sounds super clear in the center channel.

Audio Rating: 4.5/5 atoms

The Addams Family 2 - Snoop Dogg

Special Features

The Addams Family 2‘s Blu-ray disc has the following special features on Blu-ray disc:

  • We’re Altogether Addams
  • Courage to be Kooky
  • The Addams Family Road Trip Checklist
Features Assessment

“We’re Altogether Addams” is a featurette that individually looks at the voice acting cast of The Addams Family 2. You’ll learn a lot about each character, and we get to see every actor voicing their characters in the booth. “Courage to be Kooky” talks about the themes of being outsiders and being different and how that’s okay. Finally, the “Road Trip Checklist” feature is aimed directly at families. It has several activities that they can do while taking a road trip.

Special Features Rating: 2.5/5 atoms


Overall, The Addams Family 2 is a film strictly for kids and no one else. While the movie isn’t for families in general, parents can use Addams Family 2 as a television babysitter while they go and do something else. At the same time, the video presentation is inconsistent as the picture either looks stellar or overly sharp. Also, the bonus features are severely lacking in quality and quantity. Well, at least the audio mix is fantastic for this release, though. 

Overall Rating: 3.5/5 atoms

The Addams Family 2 is now available in stores on Blu-ray.

This Blu-ray was reviewed using a retail/advance copy/unit provided by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

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