The rest of the delayed blockbusters will follow the superspy’s lead. But, with No Time To Die still hogging most of the nation’s big screens, Bond’s rivals have opted for another week of self-isolation.This mildly quirky animated sequel to 2019’s The Addams Family is aimed at viewers who are too young for ageing superspies. While fine for the under-10s, it’s pretty horrible viewing for nostalgia-seeking adults.
Shamelessly ripping off the plot of the far funnier Hotel Transylvania 2, this time the family set off on a road trip in a purple smoke-belching, Gothic-styled camper van driven by severed hand Thing.
Gomez (voiced by Oscar Isaac) tells his wife Morticia (Charlize Theron) that he wants to visit America’s many “dark secrets”. Sadly, all hopes of a new satirical edge vanish as the film uses stops at the Niagara Falls and Grand Canyon to crack lazy gags about selfie-snapping tourists.
In one scene, Gomez ushers his family into a modern building in Texas which a neon sign identifies as “The Alamo”. Once inside, two more letters flicker into life, revealing it to be a nonsensical establishment called the “The Ala Motel”. That it took four credited screenwriters to come up with this is genuinely frightening.
Along the way, Uncle Fester (Nick Kroll) is slowly turning into a sea monster, Pugsley ( Javon Walton) is looking for his first girlfriend, and Wednesday (Chloe Grace Moretz) suspects she may have been switched at birth.
The disjointed plot is busy enough to distract young minds but parents and grandparents will miss the dark humour of the 60s sitcom and the 90s live action movies.