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Review: ‘Wednesday’ conveys 'The Addams Family' charm with a modern flare

Jenna Ortega breathes life into a classic role.

If you love "The Addams Family," then you’ll love "Wednesday." It is a modern twist on a classic that brings forth the cast of characters we love, and new characters we fall in love with.

Synopsis

Wednesday begins to attend Nevermore Academy against her wishes. While a killing spree happens in town, she needs to master her psychic abilities and solve the mystery that her parents faced 25 years ago.

What I loved

Jenna Ortega. Jenna does this role ultimate justice. I feel like she plays Wednesday to a tee while bringing her own flare to the role that makes everyone re-love the character. 

The plot. It’s always interesting to see how adaptations of popular media play out and I feel like this one does "The Addams Family” justice. The plot is so true to character but keeps you so entertained. There are so many nods to the originals, and so many little quirky things that just make you laugh out loud, it’s a very fun binge.

What I didn't love

Gomez Addams. I felt like his character was too quirky with nothing else added. Gomez is supposed to be suave and bold and I feel like in this interpretation, we lost those attributes. I wish he would’ve had more confidence and less quirk.

The love triangle. First off, I'm not a fan of love triangles in general, but especially with characters that have no emotional attachment to each other. Wednesday is seen with Xaiver and Tyler throughout the show; both fall for Wednesday, but she never shows interest. Saying there are emotions (or signals) when there is none is a bad look in my book. She has more emotional connection with Enid than either of the boys.

Verdict

As a fan of "The Addams Family,“ I liked the energy that this show brought to the franchise. I loved all the original tidbits this show brought and really plays on the knowledge of the franchise. I feel like this show could have went into the direction of the dumpster fire that is "Riverdale," but it's the exact opposite.

I give "Wednesday" a 8.5 out of 10.