Review: The Munsters (2022)

Not gonna lie: I love the neon lighting in this film. It’s excessive to the point of actually working.

Garish. Crude. Extremely corny and cheesy.

Those bits I don’t have a problem with — it’s fun. I had a great time, ultimately. It’s clearly a love letter in the form of an origin story for The Munsters.

So it’s pretty much as expected, if you’ve seen the trailer.

It’s a flawed film, but I want to protect it, despite them.It’s biggest problem: an excessive runtime given the content.

It has a very strong start, don’t get me wrong, but it feels like there was only enough story for half a flick. The major conflict of the story is essentially resolved just over half-way through the film. Both the concern between Lily’s scheming brother, and The Count trying to chase off Herman.

It’s kind of jarring — Grandpa really hated Herman, but once the marriage is over and they’ve been evicted, it’s like a switch is flipped and he’s a happy member of the family, like in the original series.

At that point any actual narrative challenge in the film evaporates as it coasts down to the other side, straight into the credits (complete with a recreation of the original title sequence).

Still, it’s earnest as fuck, and the cast is a delight. All the sight gags and attention to detail is a lot of fun. Absolutely adored the stylish touches everywhere, including that over-saturated neon vibe.

If you saw the trailer and liked what you saw: there are no surprises. It’s that, but two hours long.


LOVE this cover.