Hello, dear friends 🙂
I was in the hospital last weekend for an appendectomy.
And I am trying to make the final push for my master’s degree.
Seventeen more days.
But the big story, nationally, internationally, is that Donald Trump won the U.S. Presidency.
I made no secrets about my desire for him to achieve this goal.
Which brings us to The Addams Family.
Released during the latter half of the George H.W. Bush administration.
Not quite an “80s comedy”, but close.
And a premonition of sorts for that crime family that would rule the majority of the 1990s: the Clinton family.
Director Barry Sonnenfeld turns in a fairly decent picture here.
It’s no masterpiece, but it’s certainly watchable.
But at the center of this tale is Uncle Fester.
Christopher Lloyd’s depiction of Fester (pre-shave…Gordon Craven) is a spitting image of the Tony Podesta to whom we were introduced by way of WikiLeaks.
The less-hirsute Fester (still craven) could well be brother John Podesta.
But Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman could also well be the Gomez Addams of this story.
Ms. Clinton, then, would be the diabolical (though far less camera-friendly) Morticia Addams.
Dan Hedaya does an excellent job as the Addams’ lawyer.
There’s plenty to pass for “spirit cooking” in this family film.
Indeed, The Addams Family is a bit racy for young minds (in my opinion).
The “family” operates on fairly simple principles: good is bad. And bad is good.
Happiness is sadness.
A bit like Tim Buckley’s album Happy Sad (1969).
The Addams family abides by a code of vengeance against all who betray them.
Christina Ricci is cute as she is chilling in this early performance as daughter Wednesday Addams.
The most charming aspect of this film may well be Thing: the disembodied hand/family pet.
We learn a few things.
You can’t successfully torture a masochist (Morticia).
Which begs the question…who is the real ghoul behind Hillary?
The most prominent of the “deep state” (not deep enough) is George Soros.
And so even stars like Hillary have craven masters.
Puerto Rican actor Raúl Juliá is excellent as Gomez.
Carel Struycken (Twin Peaks) is very strong as Lurch.
This film would have been better with more Cousin Itt and less MC Hammer.
Unfortunately, Cousin Itt was staged in a particularly Jar Jar Binks sort of way.
Most importantly, there will be no Bill Clinton sequel anytime soon.