Wednesday’s child is full of woe but Netflix’s series Wednesday is a masterful addition to the Addams Family adaptations.
Netflix describes it “Follows Wednesday Addams’ years as a student, when she attempts to master her emerging psychic ability, thwart and solve the mystery that embroiled her parents.”
The series is a who-dunnit with Wednesday as the main investigator.
Jenna Ortega is the star of this series as Wednesday Addams, she is destined for big things on IMDB she has 4 movies in production.
Her name is also getting mentioned for roles with Marvel so definitely an actress to keep an eye on.
The series is littered with stars as Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones) plays the Principal of Nevermore Academy and yes the connection to Edgar Allan Poe does not stop there.
Catherine Zeta-Jones plays Morticia Addams and looks amazing in the part and Luis Guzmán plays Gomez Addams, I don’t think he is as good a fit for the role but the character is more in line with the 1930s cartoon stripe.
Plus we were spoiled by Raul Juliá in the 1991 film and 1993 sequel.
Addams Family child-star Christina Ricci returns to the family but this time plays Marilyn Thornhill a teacher at Nevermore with a dark secret.
The series is also directed by Tim Burton, and his love for the macabre and Hammer Horror is incredibly noticeable here, and so is his dark sense of humour.
I like the way everything is colourful and vibrant while Wednesday is just colourless and unemotional makes Wednesday stick out so much from being so out of place.
You can almost feel how much she dislikes almost everything, coming across as smart, witty, and honestly kind of scary.
Jenna Ortega shines as the oldest Addams’ daughter, it’s almost as if she was born to play the child of woe.
Transforming into Wednesday seems effortless, she has all the quirks, coldness and mean insults associated with her, but in such an expert hands, Wednesday does not seem cartoonish nor one-dimensional, she is portrayed with incredible depth.
The supporting cast is incredible as well, especially Emma Myers as Enid, her colourful personality is a surprisingly well match for our colour deprived protagonist.
Emma Myers plays Wednesday’s roommate at Nevermore, Enid, and she is the exact opposite of Wednesday.
I do think to get the most out of this is series you would need to be about the same age as Wednesday but it is still a massively enjoyable series even if you are not a sixteen year old.
They have done a masterful job with this series and created a binge worthy endeavour on the part of Burton and crew.
My Rating: 8/10