Wednesday Review

When Netflix commissioned Wednesday I asked the question ” does the world need another Addams Family adaptation”. But this is no ordinary Addams family adaptation. By just centering on the daughter Netflix has created a superb stand alone show.

The menacing Wednesday, is superbly portrayed by the highly talented Jenna Ortega

“Don’t make her angry. You wouldn’t like her when she’s angry.” Although not scripted it would nevertheless be a useful warning for the bullies of Nancy Reagan High School when they bully Wednesday’s brother Pugsey (Isaac Ordonez). A big mistake – known as dropping a bollock.

As punishment for avenging her brother, Wednesday, at the behest of her parents, is sent to Nevermore Academy the alma mater of Morticia Addams (Catherine Zeta-Jones). The school is a place of confinement for every manifestation of weirdo and outcast you can imagine. The ice cold Wednesday by comparison is almost outwardly normal. With the emphasis on ‘outwardly’.

Her attempts to escape the confines of the academy are thwarted by the ever vigilant Principal, Larissa Weems, played by the towering Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth in GoT).

The menacing Wednesday, superbly portrayed by Jenna Ortega, attempts to master her emerging psychic abilities as she becomes witness to a monstrous killing spree that has terrorized the local town of Jericho and surrounding area.  

Turning detective Wednesday sets out to solve the supernatural mystery as well as the murder which the local policeman Sheriff Galpin believes her father, Gomez (Louis Guzmán), was involved in 25 years prior.

Wednesday is a very slick production with Tim Burton’s directorial talent and influence shining through. The story intertwines several plotlines mingling the earthly and the supernatural. Whilst it has Lurch and Thing it is not the jokey Addams family with which you may be familiar,  nevertheless it has comic moments in a delightfully watchable series.

Showrunners / Executive Producers / Writers: Alfred Gough & Miles Millar
Director / Executive Producer: Tim Burton
Executive Producers: Steve Stark, Andrew Mittman (1.21 Entertainment), Kevin Miserocchi (Tee and Charles Addams Foundation), Kayla Alpert, Jonathan Glickman (Glickmania), Gail Berman, Tommy Harper, Kevin Lafferty
Cast: Jenna Ortega (Wednesday Addams), Gwendoline Christie (Principal Larissa Weems), Jamie McShane (Sheriff Galpin), Percy Hynes White (Xavier Thorpe), Hunter Doohan (Tyler Galpin), Emma Myers (Enid Sinclair), Joy Sunday (Bianca Barclay), Naomi J Ogawa (Yoko Tanaka), Moosa Mostafa (Eugene Ottinger), Georgie Farmer (Ajax Petropolus), Riki Lindhome (Dr. Valerie Kinbott), with Christina Ricci (Marilyn Thornhill)
Additional Cast: Catherine Zeta-Jones (Morticia Addams), Luis Guzmán (Gomez Addams) and Isaac Ordonez (Pugsley Addams)

Wednesday Review Comedy news 14.11.22

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