The series still contains plenty of humor and heart
The Addams Family has influenced pop culture and the Halloween season since the ’30s, and each iteration has shown something unique. The family is usually described to be creepy and kooky, combining horror elements with humor. However, Netflix’s Wednesday steered off the road by becoming a supernatural teen drama.
Rather than focusing on the family as a whole, the series sheds light on the teenage daughter Wednesday Addams. It’s important to say that Jenna Ortega has truly made the character her own, and has played her to perfection. At that start, she is seen to be expelled from yet another school, and her parents, Gomez (Luis Guzmán) and Morticia (Catherine Zeta-Jones), send her to Nevermore Academy, a boarding school. The school was special to them, as this was where they met and fell in love.
Despite her love for the darkness, Wednesday wanted to step away from her parents’ shadow. However, her arrival was not easy, as right off the bat, she’s placed in her mother’s old dorm along with Enid (Emma Myers), a late-blooming werewolf. But what was to be a spooky coming-of-age story quickly becomes a mystery, surrounding the academy and the nearby town of Jericho. Gruesome murders are happening in the town.
Wednesday is a supernatural mystery through and through, edging more towards shows like Stranger Things. But it also contains plenty of heartfelt moments and jokes, and doesn’t take itself too seriously. A fair amount of gore is included, earning the show a TV-14 rating. But the best part of the show is the cast. The new stars have embodied their roles, while also not failing to show why we loved the classic TV shows and movies. In conclusion, Wednesday successfully pushed the story out of the genre it was established in, but retained the endearing parts.
Wednesday hits Netflix on November 23.