“Wednesday,” Tim Burton meets the Addamses in a macabre little gem

Wednesdaythe first TV series signed by Tim Burton, is dedicated to the adolescence of the famous eldest daughter of the Addams Family and is one of the most awaited novelties of the season.

Available on the platform Netflix“Wednesday” sees the great director at the helm of the first four episodes and in no way betrays what was created by Charles Addams, if anything, he updates the characters while remaining consistent with what is contained in the original comics, in the 1960s television series and in the two films from the early 1990s directed by Barry Sonnenfeld.

From the incipit the viewer is immersed in agothic atmosphere and conquered with strokes of black humor, things that addams roots and the Burtonian filmography.

The protagonist is presented grappling with the typical problems of adolescence: on the one hand she is intolerant of the family environment, on the other she has complicated relationships with her schoolmates. After seeing her expelled from yet another institution, Morticia (Catherine Zeta Jones) and Gomez Addams (Luz Guzmàn) decide to enroll her in the Nevermore Academy, an unconventional school reserved for vampires, werewolves, mermaids. After all, it is there that the two met twenty-five years earlier and where their love was born. Here, too, the situation is not easy: on the first Wednesday she is found to be the outcast of outcasts. Over time, she will be forced to interact with new roommate Enid Sinclair (Emma Myers), former suitors, Xavier (Percy Hynes White) and Tayler (Hunter Doohan), and Headmistress Larissa Weems (Gwendoline Christie). Over the course of the eight episodes she will discover that she has a vocation for writing and investigation, by tracking down a mysterious monster and bloodthirsty, responsible for a series of murders that took place in the town where the school is located. As if that weren’t enough, he will come across a mystery involving his parents in those very places when they were students. To assist her, the incomparable presence of But no.

“Wednesday” is a yellow for boys embellished with an unparalleled main character, that of a young girl deemed extreme even by the standards of her wacky family members. Yet we are in the presence of much more than a troubled teenager. The sadistic intransigence and the farcical cruelty on Wednesdays are a defense: they serve to avoid the compromises underlying the social dimension. Shrewd, nihilistic and delightfully menacing, the brooding little girl hides a idealistic inner nature and faithful to concepts such as justice, honesty and fairness.

Nothing short of perfect Jenna Ortega in the role: no one better than her would be able to embody at the same time brilliant disappointment and proud sadness.

The series mix mystery, romance and dark comedywinks now at Edgar Allan Poe now at Harry Potter, offers quotations from classics such as De Palma’s “Carrie the gaze of Satan”, finally recycles the historical interpreter of the little Addams house, Christina Ricci, in a new role.

If “Wednesday” entertains and convinces it’s because it knows how to revisit the world of the Addams in an intelligent way, configuring itself as a supernatural teen drama capable of delighting even adults. Between school dances, murders and first loves, three true rarities hold the court: unscrupulous ironybiting wit and macabre sense of the grotesque.

“Wednesday,” Tim Burton meets the Addamses in a macabre little gem