Tim Burton’s ‘Wednesday’ is antisocial but it is very conventional

In an audiovisual market where well-known intellectual properties are the vein that studios are looking for, Netflix scored a point by announcing Wednesday, a series centered on Wednesday Addams and with Tim Burton on board the project. First, the initial reaction to the news was to realize that Wednesday, played by Christina Ricci in the Barry Sonnenfeld films, could be fertile ground to explore. Second, Burton was the ideal director to shoot this reimagining of the universe created by Charles Addams in 1938 (remember that, before being movies and series, the addams family It was a New Yorker comic strip.) And finally, Netflix is ​​the platform that can create phenomena by penetrating the international domestic market.

Wednesday features an adolescent Wednesday Addams (Jenna Ortega) with communication problems with her family, especially her mother Morticia (Catherine Zeta-Jones). When she is expelled from school for throwing piranhas into the pool where the bullies who messed with her brother train, she is forced to enter Nevermore Academy, the boarding school where her parents and parents had studied (and fallen in love). that educates the rare of the society.

When he throws piranhas in the school pool, Wednesday (Jenna Ortega) has to enter Nevermore Academy, where the ‘weird’ study and his parents studied

Catherine Zeta-Jones and Luis Guzmán are recurring actors like Wednesday and Gomez Addams.

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Her obsession with being alone, avoiding color, saying what she thinks at all times and looking at the rest of the students with a frown on her face is not the best recipe for fitting in there. There are werewolves, mermaids, vampires, and people with unusual powers like her, who have visions of her. But, despite her initial reluctance, she soon begins to feel comfortable there, especially when she discovers that her life is in danger, that the walls hide secrets and that, to top it off, there is a monster skinning innocent people in the forest surrounding the house. school.

Tim Burton’s name is ideal for selling the production, at least among moviegoers with memory. Isn’t it even strange that a director with his sensitivity had nothing to do with the addams family of Sonnenfeld and its sequel? And, although his mark is noticeable in the first episodes, delighted as he is to play with the absence of color of the Addamses, the contrast with the others and he portrays well the love of Wednesday for the macabre, it must be recognized that it is a work most conventional. Even Burton is diluted by his own influence.

Even Burton is diluted by his own influence and here the names that weigh are those of Alfred Gough and Miles Miller, the screenwriters, authors of ‘Smallville’

Admittedly, the roommate, played by Emma Myers, works extremely well.

Admittedly, the roommate, played by Emma Myers, works extremely well.

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The names that weigh here are those of Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, creators and showrunners of the series, among whose credits is smallville either The Shannara Chronicles. Perhaps Wednesday has significant promotional support from Netflix compared to the rest of its novelties (it’s what having a recognizable name has to do!) but it is an extremely conventional work both in terms of theme and visuals, the point starting point and also in the development of the plots.

So that we understand each other, Wednesday plays in exactly the same league with recent successes like riverdale either Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, who had a darker universe than Miss Addams. Wednesday arrives at a new school, the most popular girl automatically turns against her for no apparent reason, two boys are interested in her (one of them normal and another of rare) and, as tradition dictates, he has a tense relationship with the center’s director, a Gwendoline Christie who stands out in a solvent cast.

So that we understand each other, ‘Wednesday’ plays in exactly the same league with recent hits like ‘Riverdale’ or ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’

How can a hand be the most endearing character in all eight episodes?

How can a hand be the most endearing character in all eight episodes?

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Does Jenna Ortega’s sought-after deadpan allow Wednesday stands out from the rest of adolescent works? No, not much. The twisted condition of the work remains anecdotal with the sardonic comments of the protagonist and her supposed affiliates. In reality, both the characters and their motivations are guided by a recognizable and empathetic conscience, transforming the series’ promise of putting you on the moral ropes to simply supporting their integration into Nevermore.

make it a play teenager textbook and with a superficial personality that wastes countless opportunities (where is the atmosphere of the first episodes as the first season progresses!) will be bad news for those who expected that Wednesday, in addition to entertaining, was stimulating. But for those who love light-hearted teen drama with a mystery at its backbone, they may have enough of what Netflix has to offer.

The twisted condition of the work remains anecdotal and, in reality, the characters have motivations guided by a recognizable conscience and with which it is easy to empathize

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It is predictable, the episodes are structured around well-worn events in the genre (what if a sports competition, what if a dance, what if the parents visit) but it cannot be denied that, at least, Gough or Millar offer an extremely conventional and funny series at times. Among his virtues stands out a sense of adventure in Nevermore that at times reminds the universe of Harry Potteralthough it is always used in a rudimentary way, Gwendoline Christie, Emma Myers as Wednesday’s roommate or Thing, that hand that conquers your heart with a scarred palm and five fingers.

And, against it, it has the treatment of mystery, development as obvious as its resolution, in addition to the resignation of its own personality. If in his pilot he hints that he could integrate the macabre into its essence, this principle is renounced to make it a commercial, accessible product and, as I said, without personality.

Against, it has the treatment of mystery, development as obvious as its resolution, in addition to the resignation of its own personality

Of course, it has an attractive point in the portrait of the protagonist: what is it like and what does it mean to be a sociopath or have to deal with a person with an antisocial personality disorder? If Gough and Millar want to stop moving the plot along with clunky clues and focus on Wednesday’s dramatic conflict and social and emotional dynamics, Wednesday might have a say.

Hopefully Gough and Millar will forget to move the plot around with clunky clues and focus on the conflict of being a sociopathic person living in society and having friends.

Tim Burton’s ‘Wednesday’ is antisocial but it is very conventional