Tim Burtondirector of many works now imprinted in culture pop cinematic (Edward Scissorhands, The Chocolate Factory, Dark Shadows, Big Fishetc.), tries his hand, for the first time in his career, at directing a TV series concerning There Addams familyprecisely on Wednesday; in the review we will understand if Burton and the showrunners Alfred Gough And Miles Millar they succeeded in creating a product faithful to the first cartoons dedicated to the famous family.
Plot and development
The series follows the school events of Wednesday Addams: after attempting a full-blown murder, Gomez And Morticia decide to transfer their daughter to their school attended in adolescence, that is Nevermorea school bordering on the paranormal; Wednesday so he will try to settle in a place apparently calm, but full of mysteries, murders and new companions”abnormal” and not.
Technical side: direction and photography
Let’s clear up a doubt right away: without Tim Burtonthe series would not have had that”sprint” artistic that everyone expected; being the first approach for the director in a TV serieswe immediately notice that the operation was successful, denoting a summary of all the cinematographic works previously directed. The first 4 episodes of the series are directed by the author, and it shows: atmospheres gore, horror and teen they mix creating a perfect union, with really spot on scenographies with one treatment particular about the costumes and the physical realization of the characters. The remaining half of the season is directed by two directors who, following the path traced by Burton, manage to channel his style with skill. Note the soundtrack of Danny Elfman (right arm of Tim Burton and Sam Raimi), capable of creating a lot of atmosphere and reinvent the main theme of the famous family Addams.
Screenplay and acting
The showrunner Millar and Goughnot new to the serial and television world (Smallville, Shannara Chronicles), manage to find a perfect balance in the series: balancing the behaviors of Wednesday Addams, approaching teen atmospheres and combining them with murders, double games, twists and much more, guarantees never over the top entertainment but suitable for the context of the series. Jenna Ortegawhich he interprets Wednesday Addams in the series, she proves herself as an actress talented and capable of bringing a character to life beyond the cinematic landscape in a truly way alienatinggiving characteristics never seen before and a real evolution of the character in contact with other peers and old acquaintances (But no he’s a really good character); the supporting actors of the series do a good job of acting, although some younger presences fail to demonstrate all their talent.
Honorable mention for Catherine Zeta Jones And Luis Guzmanrespectively interpreters of Morticia And Gomez Addams: characters transposed from the author’s first drawings Charles Addamsthe actors return a good interpretation of the characters, not regretting the previous film appearances.
The series on Wednesday it turns out to be a product well doneable to represent an evolution of the character and to seek new lymph to tell stories suited to the component of Addams: direction, photography and scenography stand out in the production, returning a very fascinating impact on the screen, as a solo Burton can do; the 8 episodes are important for the construction of the series which juggles new friendships, murders and disturbing revelations without any decrease in pace. A series to watch to dive back into the world of the family Addamsmore precisely in adolescence from Wednesday.
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