I have not ever written an opposing viewpoint review from any of my colleagues, but there is a first time for everything. I just don’t agree with the overall assessment of WEDNESDAY. I absolutely LOVED it, and I could not be still about it.
Tim Burton created an original, campy, snarky, fun murder-mystery romp for fans and newbies. He and the writers designed a world for teenage WEDNESDAY. Of course, she would have trouble following rules in any school setting, given the way she was brought up in her formative years and having the whacky Addams’ family as her next of kin. As a former teacher, I expect nothing less from her as she manipulates her supernatural, sleuthing path. I was so impressed with where she began and where she ended up. Oodles of empathy growth for someone who started with zilch. The dialogue, innuendos, and outright jabs hit the spot every time.
I did not feel like I had “seen” the Nevermore Academy before. All spooky, creepy schools look similar, whether shown on CW or any other network. It is an added plus if I have never seen a location or set previously, but it is not a deterrent. I watch a series or a movie for the story and the caliber of acting. I was not disappointed.
Jenna Ortega was amazing as WEDNESDAY. she brought her character to new heights of excellence and fun. We both agree on this point. Jenna put herself through rigorous training to study fencing, archery, learn how to speak German, and play the cello. This is one hell of a committed, well-intentioned young actress. Jenna also choreographed her dance moves. Everyone was surprised. The black, vintage dress worked perfectly against the rest of the dancers wearing white. The music and the lighting were indeed a highlight of the show. (We agree.) But I also thought her interactions with her family, therapist, roommate, friends, principal, and Thing were a huge hoot as well. The content and story moved quickly and always with a dark undertone. Yes, there were demons, vampires, werewolves, sirens, and “normies.” They added to the colorful scenarios and never made a “big deal” about their proclivities. There was only one moment of “werewolving” and that was awesome.
I know some do not like the casting of the ensemble or the lack of their presence in each installment. For me, this series was named WEDNESDAY. It was not an Addams Family sequel to any past movies or shows. It was a WEDNESDAY drama, so I did not miss the rest of her family. I was glad most were included as much as they were. Did I have to see more of Uncle Fester or Lurch? Not really. We got the point. I did enjoy Catharine Zeta-Jones as Morticia. She gave her interpretation of a highly stylized characterization. My only complaint was she needed a touch more white makeup, though I liked how she evolved through the years. As for her husband, Gomez (Luis Guzman), I thought he was okay, but I did not understand how Gomez would have let his body deteriorate so badly, considering how vain he always was. I truly, honestly did not need to see more of every past family member. Again, It was a WEDNESDAY show, and besides, who knows what will happen in the next season.
I must also say Thing was magnificent. He has the most expressive, emotional fingers! Cracked me up every time. Great comic relief.
The music by Danny Elfman added to the intensity of each scene. What a wonderful partnership with Tim Burton. Huge fan of all his numerous hit musical scores.
WEDNESDAY made my evening each night, and I savored another episode. It was the perfect mix of goth, murder mystery, and “supes.” It did not feel repetitive or “old.” It made me smile and laugh out loud. It was pure escapism. All I can say is, “more, please,” and eat your heart out, CW.
WEDNESDAY is available to stream on NETFLIX.