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The Umbrella Academy Review 2019 TV-Show Series Cast Crew Online
Creator: Jeremy Slater
Stars: Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, David Castañeda
Review: Well, I wasn’t expecting to binge this one but I saw it was up this morning, got myself hooked, and here we are. Overall it was REALLY good and I definitely wasn’t expecting to like it as much as I did. I will say that I think the show lost some steam after a strong start and it didn’t quite pick up that same momentum until the last few episodes, but it mantained quality otherwise and those cliffhangers kept me powering through.
Everything about the storytelling, the acting, and the soundtrack was so slick and fun, plus it had a ton of heart and believable relationships. Fav scene overall was the intro to Episode 2 when Number 5 is running through time and gets himself stuck, such a well-done sequence. Also loved the fight sequences and pretty much any scene where the siblings bickered. Throughout the show there’s just this feeling that the makers fully believe in this wacky, creative story and they are telling it with confidence, making you believe in it too. My favorite character has to be Klaus; Since Misfits I’ve only seen Rob Sheehan as a clean-cut nerd in Mortal Instruments/ Engines so it was really great to see him as a hilarious, Nathan-y disaster again. Number 5 was also a standout, the gag of him being an old man in a tween’s body should have gotten old but it made me laugh every time.
Other highlights were the special effects and Ellen Page’s fantastic freaking acting. Plus, can we just appreciate how well written this was as an ensemble show?? Pretty much every character was sympathetic in their motives, with elements that made them likable and relatable.
My only critiques are that shorter or fewer episodes might have solved some pacing issues in the middle, that incest storyline definitely should have been left behind in the comics, and I was hoping for a more satisfying ending, but the good absolutely outweighed the bad. I hope that fans of superhero shows give it a chance because it’s a beautifully ridiculous little gem of a show and… I need to see what happens next. And yes, the music, awesome job with all the musical sequences.
Absolutely predictable in every way, down to its individual beats and resolutions. Having said that, so supremely well done that the predictability is irrelevant. It is as transformative, transgressive and superlative as the first Guardians of the Galaxy film.This is what DC Vertigo of current year WISHES it could be and do.
Not “another” cape show, this is something unique and entertaining with some genuinely emotionally moving parts. Getting rid of Disneymarvel and replacing it with this and similar guarantees Netflix a dangerously large new audience which will also slice right into the Riverdale Glee-lite crowd and the bottomless chumbucket of the CW.
Don’t bother watching other cape shows or sitting through painful wokefests like Captain Marvel, just watch Umbrella Academy a few times and catch up not on stupid injokes but on the subtleties of the performances. The great work by the cast in general more than drowns out Ellen Page, which in turn makes her not-really-acting performance perfect for her role.
This has the alchemical “something” where it all went right. As with Stranger Things I expect a rubbish second season and intolerable third, but for now let’s just share and adore this perfect moment in time.
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