Netflix Review: The Umbrella Academy

Netflix Review: The Umbrella Academy

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The Umbrella Academy (2019), which can be streamed on Netflix, debuted on the 15th of February 2019 and has already got people talking. It’s a series about a disbanded group of superheroes who reunite after the death of their adopted father, Sir Reginald Hargreeves, who created the Umbrella Academy to prepare his children to fight crime and to save the world. The show has multiple genres to it, such as action, black comedy, mystery, drama, as well as being a superhero film. 

Each person in the Umbrella Academy has a unique power: Luther (aka No. 1), played by Tom Hopper, has superhuman strength, Diego (No. 2), played by David Castañeda, can hold his breath for an indefinite amount of time and can throw knives with great aim, Allison (No. 3), played by Emmy Raver-Lampman, has the ability to convince and compel anyone of anything by saying the words “I heard a rumour that...”, Klaus (No. 4), played by Robert Sheehan, can communicate with the dead, Number Five, played by Aidan Gallagher, has the ability to use teleportation which evolves into time travel, Ben (No. 6 ), played by Justin H. Min, who in the current time of the show is dead, can access monsters of another dimension, and lastly Vanya (No. 7), played by Ellen Page, who, allegedly, has no powers what-so-ever and is thought to be perfectly average. 

I went into this show with very little knowledge of what it was about, the only thing I did know was that is was a comic book series made by Gerard Way, who was the lead singer in ‘My Chemical Romance’. My prediction of this show was that it was going to be about a bunch of superheroes fighting crime and saving the city, so I was not prepared at all for what I was about to watch. There is more to this show than just your average “superhero TV show” such as DC’s The Flash or Marvel’s Jessica Jones. It felt realistic, as adults they don’t use their powers anymore to stop crime, the superhero group split up and went on to be normal adults getting on with their adult lives. It goes through dark themes such as Klaus’ drug abuse, and Allison’s divorce and her child being taken away from her. But when they do get together again, throughout the whole show I kept thinking, “they are really bad at being heroes” and I don’t know, perhaps that was the point, to make it feel more real by giving the characters flaws instead of the cookie-cutter image of what a hero should look and act like.

With a refreshing storyline and incredible acting, I fell in love with the show quickly.

However, I find this show is pretty wired due to the fact there is time travel, a talking monkey, and a robot mum. Nevertheless, I like a show with something different about it that puts me on edge, and this show throws so much at you that it can be hard to keep up. The time travel element is clever, but it can get a little confusing as it keeps jumping to different time zones, but it goes with the story and makes sense in the end. Overall, I really enjoyed The Umbrella Academy as it was different and the ending (not giving too much away) was decent. I can’t stop thinking about it, but I know some people who have watched it said that the ending was “pointless” or “annoying”. I personally think it opens a new chapter to the story (and hopefully leading to season two) than just them “saving the day” compared to other superhero shows. It was also exhilarating to see something new in a superhero story, plus finding out who the true villain was in the end. The show has a couple of violent fight scenes which contrast with uplifting and cheerful music adding comedy to the scene, songs such as “Fitz And The Tantrums- The Walker”.

Out of five I would give this show a four, as at times it can be a little messy but the story and mysteries that the show explores are very interesting to me and the characters have their own individual personality traits along with character development as the episodes go on. So, if you are looking for a show with a lot of weirdness along with quirky characters mixed with a fresh storyline – I would highly recommend The Umbrella Academy.   

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