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.
“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.