A winning record of ten years in the ratings for Tim Burton films has come to an end thanks to reviews published on Wednesday.
In spite of the fact that confident of Tim Burton’s movies from the 1980s and 1990s, such as “Beetlejuice,” “Batman,” and “Edward Scissorhands,” have become cherished cult classics, the critical reception for Burton’s movies from the 2010s has begun a downhill trend.
The director’s films are still usually successful at the box office, but the fact that important films such as Alice in Wonderland (2010), Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (2016), and Dumbo (2019) received unfavorable or average reviews indicated the need for a significant comeback.
“Wednesday”: Critics Response And Ratings
Tim Burton’s career is finally seeing a resurgence as a result of the wonderful reception that his Addams Family television show received on Wednesday from both audiences and critics alike.
At the time of this writing, the critical consensus for Wednesday on Rotten Tomatoes is 70% good, while the audience consensus is 88% positive.
The gothic series is Tim Burton’s first project since the stop-motion film Frankenweenie in 2012, which held an 87% score for critics and a 70% score for audiences, respectively, that has been given largely positive reviews by both critics and audiences.
Despite the fact that Wednesday’s critical rating is still low in comparison to the most successful endeavors of Burton’s career, the gothic series is Tim Burton’s first project since 2012.
The terrible ratings skid that Burton’s show had been on for the past ten years has finally been broken, and it’s probable that the upcoming seasons of Wednesday on Netflix will help revive his career.
“Wednesday”: Relationship Between a Mother-Daughter
The show casts Wednesday Addams in a different way than before. Instead of depicting Wednesday Addams as the young girl that authors and directors typically do, she is written as a teenager in this version of the character.
When compared to the movies of the same name, in which Wednesday Addams is depicted as being 10 or 11 years old, this is an unusual take on the story. Wednesday Addams, now a teenager, harbors more animosity toward the rest of the world than we have seen in her older self.
Wednesday Addams is shown to harbor some animosity toward her mother, Morticia Addams, during the course of the series because of the decision to send Wednesday to Nevermore.
Wednesday Addams is certain that her mother, Morticia Addams, who was a student at the same school as Gomez Addams, is attempting to mold Wednesday Addams into a version of herself.
This reveals a new facet of the character, as we have previously only known her to be concerned with her family and to coexist with the other members of the Addams Family.
This was an interesting twist on the character since it causes Wednesday Addams to become slightly more humanistic in the way that she displays her feelings. In the past, Wednesday has not been as humanistic as she is now forced to become.
It presents the imperfect nature of some mother-daughter relationships, as opposed to portraying them as ones in which the two parties always get along swimmingly.
It may sound terrible to say that I loved seeing this, but I found it extremely refreshing to see Morticia and Wednesday Addams engaged in a power struggle without the two of them being loving with one another or acting in a way that is ideal for their family.
The protagonist of “Wednesday” commits a signature act of deliberate violence right at the beginning of the story, as if to demonstrate her credentials.
She is sent to her parents’ alma mater, Nevermore Academy, a Vermont school for “outcasts” where the cliques are made up of werewolves, vampires, sirens, and the like.
She is older here than in previous iterations, turning 16 during the course of the season. This gets her expelled from high school; she is older here than in previous iterations; she turned 16 during the course of the season.
The gloom and sarcasm that have always been associated with Wednesday become more of a motif, a running jest, than a distinguishing characteristic of the show. To get to the heart of the matter, she has to get over the fact that she has become estranged from her classmates, instructors, and even her own parents.
The story of “Wednesday” is structured around the central theme of gaining an appreciation for the value of human connection, tolerance, and teamwork.
An Addams Family narrative does something that may have never been done before: it encourages Wednesday to become more like the other characters.
The true admirers of Charles Addams and his characters will not find what they are searching for here, and “Wednesday” is only gratifying on the level of a clichéd teenage romance and mystery. However, taking that into consideration, it’s not that bad of an experience.
From the opening shot of Wednesday’s brother, Pugsley (Isaac Ordonez), falling out of his locker to the candy-colored beauty of a nighttime carnival scene, which includes a wonderful long shot of Wednesday chasing a schoolmate through the midway beneath a scrim of exploding fireworks, Burton’s episodes — the first four — have style and some wit.
For example, the opening shot of Wednesday’s brother, Pugsley, falling out of his locker is (Burton finishes off his episodes with a baroque bit of mayhem, which is obviously influenced by “Carrie,” although it is more extravagant than inspired.)
The teenage-redemption themes of “Wednesday” are also a good fit for the 20-year-old Ortega, who broke into the industry as a child actor on the Disney Channel and in CW’s “Jane the Virgin” and has since branched out into slasher films like this year’s “Scream.”
Ortega’s career began on the Disney Channel and in “Jane the Virgin.” She doesn’t do much with Wednesday’s mean-girl punch lines, which is at least partly the fault of the writing because they drop into the script like stones.
She doesn’t do much with Wednesday’s mean-girl punch lines. “I don’t bury hatchets, I sharpen them,” is a quote from the movie “The Hatchet.” “According to Sartre, hell consists of other people. He was my very first romantic interest. )
She is good, though, with the side of the character that has been invented for the show. She gets across this Wednesday’s submerged desire to connect with her effervescent werewolf roommate, Enid (Emma Myers, giving the show’s liveliest, funniest performance), and she gets at the small core of poignancy that is there among the soap opera machinations and routine frightening-creature battles. (Unfortunately, the most of the latter episodes occur after Burton’s episodes.)
Role Of Christina Ricci (Younger Wednesday) In The Series
Christina Ricci, who played a younger version of Wednesday Addams in the two live-action Addams Family movies made in the 1990s, is also a part of the cast and has a medium-sized role as the sole instructor at Nevermore who is not supernatural.
Ricci cleverly amps up her energy a little bit, as if it were an effort for her to make the adjustment, as the joke is that the woman recognized for playing the weird child is suddenly the most aggressively typical character onscreen. She has made the transition to the normal people’s side, just like the day itself, Wednesday.
“Wednesday”: Shortcomings Of The Series
- Wednesday makes the first of many critical errors when she almost quickly distances the main character from her family.
- Due to a string of disciplinary actions, Gomez and Morticia (played by Luis Guzmán and Catherine Zeta-Jones, respectively) have decided to enroll their daughter in Nevermore University, which is also their alma mater.
- The boarding school is a more affordable version of Hogwarts and is located on the outskirts of a New England town that is styled after Stars Hollow. It even has its own hangout coffee shop. In a relatively short amount of time, the writers make the perplexing decision to transform Wednesday into a teenage investigator who is looking into a series of unsolved killings.
- The show’s comically poor version of “wizards” and “muggles” is “outcasts” and “normies,” and the writers keep reminding viewers that Nevermore is a safe haven for the former group.
- Enid, Wednesday’s cheery roommate, played by Emma Myers, tells Wednesday that the school is for “outcasts, freaks, monsters—fill in your favorite oppressed group here.” This occurs as Enid is showing Wednesday about the campus.
- Even if some of their classmates are vampires, werewolves, seers, and other supernatural beings, these students are in no way strange, let alone excluded from their community.
- Nevermore is not populated by average high school students in any way, shape, or form; rather, it is comprised of affluent, predominantly white children who are just as insular and repulsed by diversity as their counterparts elsewhere.
- For instance, one of the adolescents is perplexed by the fact that Wednesday wears a clothing that is entirely one color.
- Wednesday looks into the gruesome murders that were caused by a bug-eyed monster that was badly rendered by computer animation over the course of eight tedious episodes. Along the process, she finds new friends, becomes involved in a love triangle, and gradually melts the ice that has been around her cold heart.
- We don’t know about you, but the exact last thing we want to see Wednesday Addams become is an emotionally enlightened do-gooder. We come to this character for snarky one-liners and casual cruelties.
- We hope you feel the same way. Instead, she navigates a love triangle with the trust-fund bad boy (Percy Hynes White) and the townie nice guy (Moosa Mostafa), and we witness as she brings together the Queen Bee (Joy Sunday) and the Nerd (Moosa Mostafa) under the banner of a common cause (Hunter Doohan).
- The dialogue in the show is, at best, uninteresting, and, at worst, comical. (For examples of taunts used by bullies, see phrases like “Check out this hungry little freak” and “What are you? Alto, soprano, or just loco?”) In addition, we get the impression that neither Gough nor Millar has had a conversation with a teenager in recent decades; the Nevermore children frequently read a blog that discusses rumors circulating about schools. (Welcome to the year 2005, we assume.)