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Why Netflix’s series Wednesday (Addams Family) is such a disappointment

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Christina Ricci makes her comeback to the funny, macabre, and seductive universe of The Addams Family in the Netflix series Wednesday, directed in part by Tim Burton and available on the platform since November 23rd. Alongside Catherine Zeta-Jones and the show’s revelation Jenna Ortega, the actress with the gothic aura plays a secondary role in a series revamped for Gen Z. What if she was the only one to save the entire show?

The poster of the series "Wednesday"

Christina Ricci made her first good impression as an evil yet endearing young girl. Her role as Wednesday in the film The Addams Family (1991) had indeed imposed her strange and fascinating face on Hollywood. So, let’s face it, her comeback with a small role in the universe of The Addams Family thirty years later is a delight. The heroine of Yellowjackets appears in the credits of the live action series Wednesday, available since November 23rd on Netflix. Even if she only plays a secondary character – a school employee at Nevermore dressed like Helena Bonham Carter – the actress who used to play the gothic kid in two films of the 90s horror and humor saga permeates the whole season with her whimsicality and her vibrant gaze.

 

As for the rest, we’ll have to wait and see. For Wednesday lacks the compelling morbid charm of the previous stories about the Addams Family published in the New Yorker – the 1930s original cartoons are the starting point of all the other adventures – or released on television and on the silver screen. Out of eight episodes, four are directed by Tim Burton, the series’ executive producer. Yet, the presence of the master of gothic aesthetics hasn’t been a token of quality for a long time. In the Netflix production, the audience follows the daily life of Wednesday, a hostile teenager with pale complexion and raven-black looks, who studies among werewolves and other outcasts at Nevermore Academy, a boarding school reminding us of Hogwarts in the Harry Potter saga,. 

 

The young girl, who despises her classmates and everyone else, is investigating a series of murders involving supernatural elements while trying to escape from Nevermore. Actress Jenna Ortega (Scream, The Fallout) is the hot stuff and thrills us in her interpretation of the stereotypical outcast, especially when she dances to a Cramps song. The very sexy Catherine Zeta-Jones also shines in her role as Morticia Addams. However, the dark humor is much less pungent in the Netflix show than in the 1990s Addams Family film series. The whole project lacks absurdity, sarcasm, weirdness, and surrealism, which are four key elements of the family’s wacky universe that the 1960s black-and-white show perfectly reproduced. To some extent, Wednesday offers is a cheap gothic version of it, reworked for the TikTok generation through jokes on social media and teenage quarrels. By the end of the eighth episode,it feels more like one has watched yet another teenage show, like Elite, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, or Riverdale with a sprinkle of Harry Potter, rather than a jewel of macabre irony with biting lines designed to make the world’s misfits feel less alone.

 

Wednesday (2022) by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, available on Netflix.
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    Actor Cillian Murphy lands in Paris for Numéro Homme

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    Why Xavier Dolan might end his career soon

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    Three years after Matthias & Maxime, Xavier Dolan, who is increasingly devoted to acting, is back behind the camera for a show that will soon be broadcast on Canal +. However, the five- episode series entitled The Night Logan Woke Up could end up being the director’s final project...

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    Brad Pitt in 3 roles that changed his career

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    As Hollywood’s undisputed Adonis for the past thirty years, Brad Pitt seems to be unreal with his angelic face and perfect shape that have withstood the test of time. From Fight Club and Troy to his first Oscar for Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood, the actor has tried to get rid of the label of sex symbol through roles that have forged his career, as the new Arte documentary Brad Pitt, la revanche d’un blond [Brad Pitt, Legally Blond] suggests.

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    Black Panther: Wakanda Forever: 3 reasons to watch the new Marvel

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    The first opus of Black Panther was a complete visual success and an essential film in terms of representation of the African and African American cultures. Overall, it generated 1.3 billion dollars at the American box office and 3.8 million tickets were sold in France in 2018. It has become a cultural phenomenon, the highest profitable feature made by a black director, and the first superhero film to be nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award in 2019. Yet, the stakes were high for the saga after the death of its lead actor Chadwick Boseman in 2020. How can the Marvel Studios pay him a vibrant tribute while recreating a Black Panther character worthy of its charismatic original performer? Released on November 9th, the new Marvel film entitled Black Panther: Wakanda Forever successfully rises to the challenge by offering powerful female roles and an invigorating soundtrack. Here is an overview at why it is worth going out of your way (for almost 3 hours) to watch the film...

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    Can we believe in Lindsay Lohan’s comeback in a Netflix movie?

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    The 36-year-old American actress and icon of the Y2K revival Lindsay Lohan is making her comeback in the very soapy (and snowy) Christmas movie Falling for Christmas, released on Thursday, November 10th, on Netflix. After a long dry spell, could the role of this capricious heiress turned amnesiac make us forget her antics? And could it bring her back to Hollywood thanks to the holiday magic?

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    Lucas Bravo from Emily in Paris: “I am not a seducer, I usually try not to bother people...”

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    A too-perfect Frenchie in Emily in Paris and a clumsy pilot in the comedy Ticket to Paradise, Lucas Bravo, 34, has agreed to answer Numéro’s questions without any taboos. He now plays the role of a shy accountant in Anthony Fabian’s new feature film, Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris, that came out on November 2nd.

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    Interview with Margot Robbie, magnetic star in the legendary movie “Amsterdam”

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    Her talent matches her beauty – and they are both phenomenal. In less than a decade, the 32- year-old star of The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) has become one of the most coveted actresses in Hollywood. As David O. Russell’s historical and legendary movie Amsterdam (2022), a sharp and political comedy set during the First World War has been released on Tuesday, November 1st, we're looking back to the prodigious career of an Australian star who has never rested on the laurels of her doll-like face.

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    Why Leonard Cohen’s cult song ‘Hallelujah’ almost never saw the light of day

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    The documentary Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song directed by American filmmakers Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine has been released in France on Wednesday, October 19th. Full of rare archive footages and interviews with artists and personalities from the music industry, the film traces back the incredible story of the cult song Hallelujah (1984), written by Canadian poet and singer Leonard Cohen. A moving hit oscillating between sacred and profane music, which almost never saw the light of day... The anthem has now become the symbol of the rock and folk icon’s mystical quest, as well as many of his fans’ spiritual (or sensual) journey.

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    Omar Sy: “Some are actors, I am a reenactor”

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    Elected favorite personality in France, Omar Sy is also in the hearts of his international audience. Among American blockbusters, the Netflix series Lupin, and a John Woo film coming soon, the former humorist turns everything he touches into gold.

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    Romain Gavras: “Making a film is a human adventure, a form of craft”

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    The name of French director Romain Gavras is on everyone’s lips this autumn. With his Gener8ion project, conceived with electronic producer Surkin, the son of filmmaker Costa-Gavras and co-founder of the Kourtrajmé collective is presenting a dystopian installation mixing music and video in several spaces of the Onassis Foundation in Athens, until October 29th. At the same time, his film Athena, which stages a suburban riot in the near future like a Greek tragedy, is one of the top 10 most viewed programs on Netflix. Numéro has seized this opportunity to talk to the 41-year-old star videomaker (M.I.A., Justice, Jay-Z and Kanye West) about the controversy caused by his new peplum, the telegenic qualities of teenagers, and the redeeming power of olive picking in a crisis situation.

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    Evan Peters in 3 psychopathic roles, from “American Horror Story” to “Dahmer”

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    In Dahmer - Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story by Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan, Evan Peters established himself once and for all as a virtuoso actor, especially when it comes to playing the role of Machiavellian beings. Throwback to his career in three psychopathic roles.

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    Why Sydney Sweeney will be the perfect Barbarella in the remake of the cult film

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    A remake of the cult film Barbarella (1968) is in progress, and the mythical heroine will be played by the magnetic Sydney Sweeney, known for her role as Cassie in Euphoria (2019). She will wear the sexy costume once worn by Jane Fonda. A promising casting choice.