Watchseries; Directed by Tim Burton... Music by Danny Elfan... The look of the frame, the acting and story all remind me of the two now classic 90s Adam's Family Feature Films... Wednesday was my favourite character in the films, especially the second one when she and Pugsley got sent to Summer Camp...Christina Ricci in those films as Wednesday was floorless, and it was great to see her appear in this too. Ortega's turn as the main character was excellent she is quickly becoming a great actress. I think you need to give the series time to develop and remember that it's target audience is quite wide, I don't think it's meant to be too dark. Just like the 90s films it plays on the dark and morbid humour, but with the teen angst mixed in.Definitely worth watching if you are intrigued, but remember that it's not an 18+ rated adult only tale... it's a modern tale on these ever classic characters, think along the lines of the Netflix Sabrina series... If you liked that, then this should be right up your alley.
Directed by Tim Burton... Music by Danny Elfan... The look of the frame, the acting and story all remind me of the two now classic 90s Adam's Family Feature Films... Wednesday was my favourite character in the films, especially the second one when she and Pugsley got sent to Summer Camp...Christina Ricci in those films as Wednesday was floorless, and it was great to see her appear in this too. Ortega's turn as the main character was excellent she is quickly becoming a great actress. I think you need to give the series time to develop and remember that it's target audience is quite wide, I don't think it's meant to be too dark. Just like the 90s films it plays on the dark and morbid humour, but with the teen angst mixed in.Definitely worth watching if you are intrigued, but remember that it's not an 18+ rated adult only tale... it's a modern tale on these ever classic characters, think along the lines of the Netflix Sabrina series... If you liked that, then this should be right up your alley.
Wednesday watchseries. This series has a few fatal flaws, but chief among them is the fact that this series is no different than any modern Netflix series aimed at teens: angsty unrealistic depictions of being a teenager, random bore romantic subplot, catty girl fights, etc. The fact that it's Wednesday Addams becomes background noise once the drama starts.Wednesday herself is depicted here like so many Aubrey Plaza wannabes, and has no real personality other than "I'm a goth!" Great.The worst of the worst however has to be the other main members of the Addams clan, Morticia and Gomez. In what is supposed to be a constant tongue-in-cheek flirtatious relationship is completely annihilated by the fact that Catherine Zeta-Jones wouldn't be in a romantic relationship with Luis Guzman, ever. My ability to suspend disbelief was impossible watching those 2 on screen.It's not just physical, either. Luis plays Gomez's dialogue...very strangely. Like a raspy whisper. I do not understand this choice. Any time those 2 are on screen I lose all interest in watching.The main storyline isn't compelling enough for me to stay. Yet another IP mined by Netflix for nostalgia yet they then completely ignore the nostalgic bits that made it popular in the first place. What's the point? There is none. Like this series.
Perfectly morbid, superb acting throughout and smooth! I enjoy anything with Jenna Ortega is quite talented and she's great as Wednesday based on Adam's Family. Tim Burton is masterful at weird/intriguing characters that are excellent to watch. The bulk of the time I use other services, this is a perfect reason to use Netflix. I love that this is focused on young folks, anything bizarre and beautiful 4K quality colors. Quite surprise form Tim Burton a lot of his projects didn't have much horror, mostly Sci-Fi, adventure, and drama. Wednesday is a pleasant surprise after all the promotions I've seen I highly recommend it!
I've rewrote this review because 1) I finally finished the season and 2) Because I came to a better understand.Now, of course, I could've been even more cruel and title this review "Scooby Doo goes to Hogwarts to meet the X-Men" but I'm trying not to offend anyone (too much). After all, there is a connection of Scooby Doo and the Addams Family as far back as the 70s.With the promise I made to my 10 year old niece, I forced myself to finish the first season. In the original review I wrote here, I was saying that: "I'm at episode 3 and it is painful. It was a struggle to watch the first episode, but the more it goes on, the worse it gets."But before I (and others) come to conclusions, I (we) need to understand some things clear: This is a coming-of-age series made for the adolescents of today. It is not for adults specifically, it is not R-Rated and most of all, we must understand that the new generation of teenagers are different from the teenagers we were. The difference in generations must be taken into account. After all, those who are fans of the 90s movies (like myself) will also see the 60s series differently, and the 60s fans (such as our parents) will see the 90s movies differently. I'll come to this subject again later in the review.Now my thoughts.While this has all the necessary 'tools' to be great, it just isn't (in my opinion). We have a cast with great actors such as Christina Ricci, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Luis Guzman, Gwendoline Christie and the new star Jenna Ortega who is really really good. We have Tim Burton who directed four episodes. We have music of Danny Elfman on four episodes. We have Romania, who could've been used as it is, instead of turning it into an American land. Even with all of this, it just couldn't deliver (to me).It has nothing to do with the madness of the Addams Family tradition, it's more like a fantastic world of J. K. Rowling after listening to Bauhaus, while at the same time talking in teenage internet language. Painfully cringe, many times predictable. All the goth stuff you can think of, it's here, but presented in a way that is, like I said, cringe. I'm expecting that in a future episode we'll see Wednesday drinking absinthe in a cemetery and reading Poe's poems, or maybe using some Book of Shadows, Ouja Board and some occult-themed stuff (which wouldn't be new, but lets see how predictable this show will be). The grandiose moment when Wednesday pronounces "mansplaining", you know you got a Netflix production.While the Addams family of the 90s (both the movies and the animated series which I loved as a kid) had a darker humor that made you laugh, here I didn't even smirk. Maybe I'm just one of the old generation that is lost in the past and can't connect with today's generation, and I'm stuck with the rather more offensive, darker humor of those movies. The humor in here is just too mainstream, too gentle, too cliché. Looking at the high praises given here in the reviews, and then going to the profiles of the people who wrote them, I understand that this is a tv series that is great for the teenagers of today. The generations differ, that is clear in many aspects, and this is one example. That doesn't mean I'm right and they are wrong, of course. The same is for me, who as a 90s Addams Family fan can't really enjoy the first shows from the 60s to the fullest, or even the 1998 adaptations which were
I don't usually make reviews, part of the reason is that i'm bad at it.But the last time i was so hooked on a Netflix series was Arcane and i felt like it was due, taking all 8 episodes in one go.No doubt that Jenna Ortega carries the show, but the show is supposed to be about Wednesday, so that is not necessarily a bad thing.This show won't be for everyone, especially fans of the original Addams Family universe, but for anyone who is just expecting an entertaining show, with a sprinkle of mystery and melancholic feel over it, then you'll enjoy it.Looking forward to a possible season 2.
Once in a while a show comes along on there that I go wow... yes, this is what I am paying for. Now give me more. The season is contained but short. Ortega's Wednesday is exceptional, you will grow to love her and her supporting cast. The music and scenes set a great tone... (yes, I am listening to APOCALYPTICA: Nothing Else Matters as I write this)It's dark, with some clever word play to give it a lighter tone at times as a nod to the older shows but...it's not a comedy. Regardless, It kept me engaged right to the end and I look forward to more. I'd love to see a bit longer seasons...A binge worthy endeavor on the part of Burton and crew. They have done a masterful job with this series.