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Wednesday misses the Addams Family’s point, but found its perfect star

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The Addams Family may be the least likely artistic creation that spawns an expanded universe. It wasn’t a tightly defined family at first.

Instead, they were the often-changing faces, eerie imaginations from nice, charming men – who happened to decorate their homes with medieval crossbows and married their third wives at a nearby pet cemetery.

The cartoon itself reflects that strange balance.Smiling Lurch, Gomez, Morticia Pour boiling oil over the Christmas carols.a happy family is fishing on the beach while a terrified swimmer escapes. Whatever Gomez managed to hook.

These characters appear in only about 80 of Adams’ thousands of works, but they remain the ones he is best known for.It was a unique mix of both childish and terrifyingly adult (a modern day Edward Gorey’s Gashlycrumb Tinies and other works, but not much else), which led to the final television series — 1964’s the adams family, With this, Adams finally grasped the names of those characters and their relationships to each other.

What follows are 11 mainstream remakes and reimaginings ( video game) of the Creepy and Weird Group — first panned, followed by a cult Broadway musicaland nearly all Canadian new addams familywas canceled after one season.

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But each time, what determines the family’s success is its ability to follow the formula of capturing its slightly unnerving vibes rather than riding the studio’s urge to water down the horrific for its audience of children. It was always painfully clear what he was going to do to the family of Gothic outcasts.

“He was very frightened,” Adams biographer Linda Davis told NPRAs she explained, the adams family The series was “psychologically the smartest thing to do, because by eliciting his fears and making fun of them, he softened them.”

Adams’ latest, Netflix Wednesdayfalls flat.

Ortega appears with Percy Hines White, who plays original character Xavier Thorpe. (Vlad Cioplea/Netflix)

The series follows a trend that began with the 1991 film the adams family Pugsley (Isaac Ordonez) is down in the background, but few know they’re up for the role. Inspired. Netflix is ​​equally creepy watcher was heldBut again, the settings drift rather than focus on what’s familiar.

Wednesday Addams — played by Jenna Ortega, scream When X This year has helped cement her status as the franchise horror queen — she was sent to Nevermore Academy after being kicked out of a regular school for trying to kill her classmate with Piranha. The school is her parents’ alma mater and home to all sorts of “outcasts”, including werewolves, sirens, and her one of the most predictable twisted villains since. Incredibles 2.

That fish out of water plot leads to several things Wednesdaybiggest drawback. The setting draws her parents Gomez (Luis Guzman) and Morticia (Catherine Zeta-Jones) into the story a bit, but Wednesday has an overbearing mother who makes her “nauseating, not in a good way.” and unravel the mysteries surrounding their time at school — they are more out of the story than in it.

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It also comes at the expense of a fantastically dark show by Zeta-Jones, one of the few good performances in the series, but that’s not one of the show’s two main problems.

The real problem is that, in many cases, the removed setting places Wednesday around teenagers with their own supernatural trappings, at the expense of the series’ unique point. Because if you go to Hogwarts, nobody will be surprised by your wand.And as the vulture wrote in them List of the 50 best family TV shows, Addams Family”His “endlessly repeated joke (and insight) was that normal people are real weirdos.”

That leads us to the second problem.creator/director Tim Burton (his nightmare before christmas When Edward Scissorhands Probably the best example of style) Netflix has a gloss Wednesday it defeats T.the adams familypurpose.

From the left, Luis Guzman as Gomez Adams, Catherine Zeta-Jones as Morticia Adams, and Isaac Ordonez as Pugsley Adams will appear on Wednesday. (Vlad Cioplea/Netflix)

Alongside a teenage cast whose plotlines feel like they were quickly pulled out descendants,all WednesdayThe Nevermore Academy feels overproduced and almost painfully packaged for modern audiences. It falls victim to a misplaced desire to look present at the expense of the intended timelessness of Adams’ cobweb-covered Gothic home.

Instead I get the 2022 reference 30 rockof”How are you, fellow children?At one point, Wednesday’s roommate said on a show that was supposed to feel really outlandish, “Most people go their entire lives pretending to give zero F, but they literally never gave F.” I told her

But while the teenage drama swirling around her feels corny, Wednesday Every second spent on Wednesday is saved.An extension of Ortega’s character, which began as a monophonic supporting foil, is now available on HBO Max’s scooby Doo reboot, Velma, I hope you can do that.

With Christina Ricci (who played the character in the ’90s remake and solidified Ortega’s drawl delivery) in a supporting role, Ortega became perhaps the definitive Wednesday. succeeds in being empathetic, threatening, and hilarious. For example:

“You’re like a cockroach,” another character says, trying to insult you.

The performance (which she choreographed herself, alongside a fantastically bizarre dance Ortega told CBC News) was charming, complex, and Wednesday Reason for existence.

But pretty much everything stays away from her struggles, especially when it comes to acting. Rampage Fester Guzman’s Gomez looks too clown and tired — early in his career, he was the first to be named after fellow Puerto Ricans who played one of the most famous versions of Gomez Adams. Winner of the Raul Julia Award.

Many of the teenage character actors seem to have fallen out of unused Disney Channel shows.Canada’s Percy Hines White — fresh from Chandler Rebach’s phenomenal work i like movies — his character writing doesn’t do him any favors, but it’s an exception there.

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teeth Wednesday Worth watching? Of course, if you like this style, you will surely enjoy it. It’s like an original piece of art that’s been mass-reproduced for gift shops, and seeing something that challenges conventional storytelling is heartening in the post-Marvel world. , for a cast this star-studded), it’s inevitable that you’ll feel a little depressed after imagining what could have been.

“Who is this for?” is a question I hear a lot when talking about new shows. This is due to how we normally think of our audience.Need a clear categorization for adults or children, ideas the adams family The series threw it out the window – that’s what makes it so original. You absolutely cannot.

If you don’t fully commit there, it will fail. and unfortunately, Wednesday – Apart from Ortega — he doesn’t seem to understand.

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