Entertainment December 20, 2022
The Addams Family has found itself back on viewers’ screens, but this time dedicating an entire series to the eerily intriguing Wednesday Addams.
Through this Netflix spinoff alongside the visionary Tim Burton, who directed the first half of the episodes, audiences have witnessed aspects of this iconic character that have never been seen.
The series takes off as Wednesday, played by X’s Jenna Ortega, finds herself in Nevermore Academy, a boarding school for kids labeled as outcasts.
It’s also the school that her parents, Gomez and Morticia Addams, played by Luis Guzmán and Catherine Zeta-Jones, respectively, attended as teenagers.
As usual, Wednesday stays away from the other students and plans to escape as soon as possible.
While she attempts to leave the academy’s walls, Wednesday gets mixed up in murders, disappearances, and ghosts from the past, forcing her to stay at Nevermore to crack the case of a long-standing mystery.
Concentrating on Wednesday’s teenage years at Nevermore, the audience discovers the mature side of her life.
Wednesday finds herself in numerous scenarios that teach her new skills and guide her to experience unfamiliar emotions, which she tries to suppress throughout the series.
First, friendships and, eventually, potential romantic relationships play a significant role in leading Wednesday to her new character evolution.
Netflix’s Wednesday looks like it will expand on the character by putting her in situations or adventures that are entirely novel to audiences.
But it also appears to stay true to the essential parts of Wednesday’s personality that have endeared her to so many generations of fans: her rebellious nature and her razor-sharp wit.
One of the other personality traits fans enjoy about Wednesday is her deadpan, sarcastic sense of humor which isn’t the most popular with the people around her. Christina Ricci’s iconic lines as Wednesday in the original Addams Family movies have become revered classics, and Ortega’s version also injects her vicious jabs throughout the series.
Since Tim Burton plays a crucial role in setting the tone for the show, “Wednesday” possesses many familiar Burton-esque elements, like characters with sickly pale skin and storylines with cold humor and dark fantasy.
Another stand-out feature of the series is the creative direction in filming.
The diversity of camera angles and the use of dark music to portray the intended emotion of this particular storyline allow the episodes to emerge with beautifully-crafted scenes that effortlessly transport you into Wednesday’s eerie world.
Jenna Ortega embodies Wednesday Addams’s cold, dark, and mysterious personality, transforming into a corpse-like character with a dagger-eyed stare.
In addition to fulfilling the traditional characteristics of the role of Wednesday Addams, Ortega also successfully evolves the character into a stubborn and cold but subtle yet sincere friend, daughter, and partner.
The series features many young actors, such as Emma Myers as Enid Sinclair, Wednesday’s roommate and first friend; Hunter Doohan as Tyler Galpin, the “normie” boy love interest; and Percy Hynes White as Xavier Thorpe, one of Wednesday’s classmates who seems to be filled with mystery.
Christina Ricci, who played Wednesday Addams in the 1991 movie version of “The Addams Family,” also appears in the new series.
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