Hello My Movievaures! I hope you had an amazing week! I love finishing mine writing about what I’m passionate about which is, of course, Movies and Shows. Lately, I haven’t been watching new movies to talk about as I was waiting for Theatres to reopen (which is the case here in France where I’m at the moment). So I’ve been focusing my time watching new shows and also catching up on some old ones.
Today I will be writing about a show that I really enjoyed watching last year but for a reason I don’t remember, didn’t write about it: The Umbrella Academy. As season 2will be released on Netflix on the 31st of July, I thought the timing was perfect to write about this absolutely crazy show. Which will also leave some time to those who have never watched it before and catch-up on Season 1.
The Umbrella Academy, as most of the super heroes franchises, has its origins in a comic. I was a huge fan of My Chemical Romance, when I was a teenager and I was very surprised to learn that one of the creators of this comic was the leader and singer of the band: Gerard Way and co written with Gabriel Ba. I know, I was total classic teenage girl that wanted to believe was a rebel punk (which I wasn’t by the way). Anyways, when you know who Gerard Way is you kind of understand the vibe of the comics and therefore of the show.
Quick Synopsys: 1st of October 1989. 43 women unexpectedly give birth at the same time all around the world. Coincidence? Not really, especially knowing none of them were pregnant before. This unexpected event lights up the curiosity of rich industrialist Sir Reginald Hargreeves who aims to find these families and the newborns. He manages to adopt seven of them who will later become The Umbrella Academy: a set of young superhero who will save the world. As you might have understood by now, all of them (or almost) have superpowers and are trained day and night to control them and use them. Time goes by and they grow up, expecting more of life that being superheroes. Most of them leave home and start a new life. When their adoptive father dies in very suspicious circumstances, they all get back together and the fun begins.
Don’t expect a classic Marvel story with honor, love and cliché bad guys. In the same way, don’t think you will see some dark superheroes like in the DC world. This story is classified in the Superhero genre, but re-invents it. As I sad before, it is nuts! As I’m mostly focused on the show and not the comic I will specifically talk about it as I also know there are many differences. However, I feel the whole vibe honors its origins and Netflix did a great job teasing the show and adapting it on screen. First of all, every character is special in it’s own way, but not as you may think. Their powers are important of course, and quite impressive but what really differentiate them is their personalities and how profound they are. They all have their demons, and not in the cliché way like the bad guy they need to fight, bla bla, but I’m talking about real human issues: drug abuse, forbidden love because of social pressure, manipulation, lies and family secrets, physical and mental violence… Doesn’t sound very fun to watch when you think about it.
However, this show is full of Dark humour and that is the main reason I really liked it. If you are as sarcastic as I am, you will love this show. They take all this really profound subjects and turn them into ridicule, as well as their place in the world as they don’t take themselves too seriously like standard superheroes do. They don’t want to save the world, they are lazy for some, lost for others, but they need to do it because they all want to continue living. Forget all your expectations when you’ll start watching it because it can led to disappointment. Just discover this strange universe with an open mind, laugh at their jokes, enjoy a well constructed scenario and get excited about season 2.
In short, this is one of my expected releases of this summer. End of July I will binge watch it as I did for the first season and I expect many of you will do the same. This show is crazy, because of its weird characters, its darkness mixed with humor, a weird ambiance between modernity and History and a scenario that will leave you saying “what the f**k just happened”. Totally recommend it.
Well, this is all for today My Movievaures. I hope you enjoyed reading this article. Let me know if you have already watched the show or if you are going to start it soon in the comments down below and don’t forget to subscribe to my Instagram the_movievaures. See you next week for another review.