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You cannot help falling in love with Thing in Netflix’s Addams family spinoff, dares JACI STEPHEN

How often do you say an actor is the best on TV and do you mean it?

Literal.

But during the eight glorious hours of the Netflix drama Wednesday, Thing steals the show.

In the latest Addams Family spin-off — currently the platform’s most-watched title ever in a single week — the four fingers and thumb engage viewers with a performance that’s by turns hilarious, endearing and, at one point, heartbreaking. .

Thing first appears when Morticia (Catherine Zeta Jones) and husband Gomez (Luis Guzmán) drop off their morbidly sinister daughter Wednesday (Jenna Ortega) at her new school, Nevermore Academy.

Needing someone to keep an eye on her, they secretly release Thing from the underside of the car, from where it flies off like a frantic spider on its secret mission. wants to pull my strings.’

During The Eight Glorious Hours Of The Netflix Drama Wednesday, Thing Steals The Show.

During the eight glorious hours of the Netflix drama Wednesday, Thing steals the show.

He Runs, Points, Opens Bags, Argues, Sulks, Makes Friends, Goes On Rescue Missions, Sets Fire Traps – “My Hands Are Clean,” Says Wednesday – And Even Falls Victim To An Assassination Attempt.

He Runs, Points, Opens Bags, Argues, Sulks, Makes Friends, Goes On Rescue Missions, Sets Fire Traps – “My Hands Are Clean,” Says Wednesday – And Even Falls Victim To An Assassination Attempt.

He runs, points, opens bags, argues, sulks, makes friends, goes on rescue missions, sets fire traps – “My hands are clean,” says Wednesday – and even falls victim to an assassination attempt.

In a show that’s essentially a war between “normies” – the seemingly normal people – and “outcasts” – the whole school and pretty much everyone else, Thing is an ally not only to Wednesday, but also to her werewolf roommate Enid (Emma Myers). ).

You’ve got to hand it to Victor Dorobantu, the Romanian magician and behind-the-limb illusionist whose character, Thing T. Thing — but known simply as Thing — was created for the first Addams Family series in 1964.

Director Tim Burton, the goth movie legend behind Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas and more, reportedly insisted that Thing be played by a real actor who had to be on set during filming – and it wasn’t an easy one role.

Despite some necessary special effects, it is Dorobantu’s real hand that performs the action.

He runs, points, opens bags, argues, sulks, makes friends, goes on rescue missions, sets fire traps – “My hands are clean,” says Wednesday – and even falls victim to an assassination attempt.

The contortions force Dorobantu to manipulate himself in various ways: he finds himself upside down, poking through cutouts, and hiding behind walls in a blue suit digitally removed from the final edit.

When the action is physically impossible, there’s a series of prosthetic stand-ins.

Thing is the James Bond of the metacarpal world.

But the real magic is the way Thing tugs at your heart.

Thing helps Wednesday escape, flips her sheet music when she plays the piano, and delivers messages written on the palm. And when Wednesday is conquered by the norms, it’s left to Enid to interpret Thing’s messages through his every move. Talk to the hand? She does, brilliantly.

It’s the greatest normalization of weird, and their relationship takes center stage in a show that celebrates love and friendship in utterly bizarre and often insane ways.

The Contortions Force Dorobantu (Above In Blue Suit) To Manipulate Himself In Various Ways: He Finds Himself Upside Down, Poking Through Cutouts, And Hiding Behind Walls In A Blue Suit Digitally Removed From The Final Edit.

The Contortions Force Dorobantu (Above In Blue Suit) To Manipulate Himself In Various Ways: He Finds Himself Upside Down, Poking Through Cutouts, And Hiding Behind Walls In A Blue Suit Digitally Removed From The Final Edit.

The contortions force Dorobantu (above in blue suit) to manipulate himself in various ways: he finds himself upside down, poking through cutouts, and hiding behind walls in a blue suit digitally removed from the final edit.

A late-blooming monster, Enid is a joyful comic creation all around, and her bond with Thing is glorious.

The surprise birthday party she and Thing throw for a clearly unimpressed Wednesday is touching in its attempts to show two people loving the strange girl and desperately trying to please her – and Thing’s party hat is the cutest funniest prop.

Her hand-to-hand communication is where we see why audiences have been gripped by Thing. Leaving out all the modern movie gimmicks, it’s character that matters – and it’s Thing’s different relationships with each individual that give the hand its own personality.

Enid’s relationship with Thing is the antithesis of that with her parents, disappointed that she hasn’t turned into the werewolf that is her destiny. All she has to show for it until the final episode is occasional long nails, and they’d like her to attend the Lycanthropy conversion at a werewolf summer camp.

Lycanthropy – an actual state defined as a kind of madness accompanied by delusions of being an animal.

“Don’t you want to fight it out and finally be normal, baby?” asks her mother, citing the example of Cousin Lucille who, after seven weeks in the Balkans, was “howling to the moon in no time – as it should be.” It’s just one of many laughs.

When Uncle Fester (Fred Armisen) appears in episode seven, it’s clear there’s bad blood between him and Thing.

How can a hand show resentment? It’s nothing short of miraculous, and in all scenes of Thing, Dorobantu manages to make each string talk through its own unique sign language to convey meaning.

The tightness of a finger, the clench of a fist, the soothing relaxation of the whole hand that, looking at the stitches, has clearly seen so much in its little life.

And then there’s the moment of death when Thing is stabbed. It’s one of many moments where the perfectly chosen and written music – a mix of well-known hits and original score – delivers another emotional level that, in Thing’s case, adds to our understanding of this multi-layered character. Yes, character. I challenge you not to concern yourself with the disembodied appendage as just that.

Thing First Appears When Morticia (Catherine Zeta Jones; Pictured Left) And Husband Gomez (Luis Guzmán; Pictured Right) Drop Off Their Morbidly Sinister Daughter Wednesday (Jenna Ortega) At Her New School, Nevermore Academy

Thing First Appears When Morticia (Catherine Zeta Jones; Pictured Left) And Husband Gomez (Luis Guzmán; Pictured Right) Drop Off Their Morbidly Sinister Daughter Wednesday (Jenna Ortega) At Her New School, Nevermore Academy

Thing first appears when Morticia (Catherine Zeta Jones; pictured left) and husband Gomez (Luis Guzmán; pictured right) drop off their morbidly sinister daughter Wednesday (Jenna Ortega) at her new school, Nevermore Academy

Thing Is The James Bond Of The Metacarpal World. But The Real Magic Is The Way Thing Tugs At Your Heart.

Thing Is The James Bond Of The Metacarpal World. But The Real Magic Is The Way Thing Tugs At Your Heart.

Thing is the James Bond of the metacarpal world. But the real magic is the way Thing tugs at your heart.

So as Uncle Fester administers electric shocks to try to revive Thing, it seems all is lost.

Not since ET lay dying in an incubator have I been so emotional as to want to resurrect a creature. But pfff! Like E.T., Thing’s wound heals and lives to fight another day, with Wednesday even more determined to take on the Normies – “This ends now.”

Given Wednesday’s success and Thing’s genius, a natural step would be a new spin-off simply called Thing – maybe a movie. The next big thing?

The thing is Wednesday as Buzz Lightyear was to Woody in the first Toy Story – the hero who saves the day.

Thing is your favorite pet, your playmate, your savior, and The Thing will be with you no matter what, when the rest of the world seems to be plotting against you.

I predict an Emmy and a Golden Globe for Dorobantu – don’t you just want to see that hand pick up an award? Perhaps awards shows could take it a step further and have Thing on stage next to the presenters to interpret what they’re saying with the signing.

The warning at the top of each episode promises “Language, Violence, Threat,” but watch out for the characterization, the writing, the humour, the superb cinematography, the extraordinary special effects. But especially watch Dorobantu’s Best Actor performance.

You have to hand it over to Netflix. Literal.

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