Thursday, November 24, 2022

Netflix's Wednesday

© by Gerald So | 3:00 AM

Jenna Ortega plays Wednesday Addams at seventeen. Expelled from Nancy Reagan High School for siccing piranhas on boys who bullied Pugsley, Wednesday is accepted to her parents' alma mater, Nevermore Academy. There, she stumbles on the mystery of several people found mangled to death in the woods. While trying to find her place at Nevermore, she sets her mind on solving the mystery.

Ortega adapts well to Wednesday. Though a laconic, impassive role, Ortega's face strongly suggests what Wednesday is feeling, what she wants to say but cautiously leaves unsaid. Her Nevermore classmates are a motley crew of supernatural creatures—like roommate Enid Sinclair (Emma Myers)—a werewolf who hasn't managed to wolf out—and rival Bianca Barclay (Joy Sunday)—a siren whose amulet dampens her mesmerizing power.

The show feels largely well run by Smallville developers Al Gough and Miles Millar. Wednesday's family isn't the focus, but a couple of members appear to good effect. Wednesday's temperament reminds me of the stoic portrayals of Batman, except Wednesday has some supernatural abilities. I might've liked the show even more if she didn't.

I didn't like the final mastermind reveal, but I won't spoil it. We can discuss it in the comments or on Mastodon.