Why THE ADDAMS FAMILY Movie Is Very Concerning for Media-Wise Viewers
By Jessilyn Lancaster, Managing Editor
From celebrations of kindness to beheading dolls, THE ADDAMS FAMILY movie is deeply confusing to media-wise viewers who want quality entertainment for their children.
According to the Movieguide® review:
THE ADDAMS FAMILY movie may be about family at its core, but audience members may have a hard time pushing through the darkness to discern some redeeming values. The animated movie is clever, albeit often disturbing, in multiple scenes. Morticia wears ashes as makeup on her wedding day. Wednesday decapitates dolls. Pugsley wants to blow up everything in his path. Yet, patriarch Gomez believes in and encourages his children to show kindness to strangers and honor their family values. The melancholy humor distracts from light moral values, including honoring family and tradition. Some plot points could be considered moral, such as being kind to strangers and forgiving those who have hurt you, but there are also some Romantic and politically correct elements about living one’s own truth. The movie also contains significant pagan/occult elements, including one scene where Morticia conducts a séance to speak with her dead parents. So, despite the light positive elements, MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution and discretion for older teenagers and adults.
The entire movie is a paradox of light and dark, of good and evil.
For many movies, this diversity is fine, as it allows for morality to shine and biblical or Christian values to win in the end.
However, THE ADDAMS FAMILY movie presents this dichotomy side-by-side, and evil is celebrated as much as the good. Though the movie presents a wrestling with the darkness and contrasts the Addams family with other characters who are bright and lively, the movie implies that light is actually evil, not the other way around.
This conflicts with scripture found in 1 John 1:5. This verse says, “This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.”
While many of the movie’s plot points and jokes are bothersome and disturbing, this presentation of good and evil working together could be the movie’s fatal flaw.
The prophet Isaiah warned about a culture who cannot recognize the difference between good and evil.
“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.” (Isaiah 5:20 NIV)
Christians were warned for centuries about this deception, and now, it’s presented as a major storyline in a PG-animated movie that targets children.
Yes, there are redemptive elements in the movie. One of the overarching themes is kindness to strangers, which is also presented in Scripture multiple times. Another light redemptive theme is honoring your family, as described in Exodus 20.
However, though these uplifting ideals are present, they don’t negate the not-so-subtle presentation of evil as something quirky and endearing.
Media-wise viewers should beware that these subtle nods to evil could be very concerning, as children and even some adults may not be able to discern the truth.
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