To celebrate the launch of Netflix’s newest Original, The Umbrella Academy, Netflix hit Merewether Beach this morning with a giant umbrella sticking out ofthe sand.
The umbrella will be there from the 21st to the 24th with some peeps from Netflix giving away some sweet free Umbrella Academy swag.
But what about the show? Well, our mate Sue Ellen has the lowdown below.
On the same day in 1989, 43 women gave birth. Oddly, none of these women had started the day pregnant. Next thing you know, mildly creepy billionaire Sir Reginald Hargreeves shows up (it’s always a billionaire something or other, huh) and offers to adopt the children.
He ends up taking home 7 babies.
The children, Luther, Diego, Allison, Klaus, Vanya, Ben and Number Five each have special powers and after, being raised by a father who could not or would not show them any affection, they are now totally screwed up adults.
And just wait until you meet Stepford Mom!
The series picks up when the siblings gather and return to the family home after the death of their father. Tensions are high as they each roam around their cavernous childhood home that seems to hold few fond childhood memories for any of them.
Oh and did I mention by the end of episode one, we discover the world is going to end in 8 days. Well there is also that ….
Why should I watch The Umbrella Academy?
Based on the comic book series of the same name, written by Gerard Way, the lead singer of My Chemical Romance, and Gabriel Ba, this isn’t your usual superhero story.
For a start, each of the kids is not only screwed up, they are all so wildly different, which is unsurprising as they are all biologically unrelated. But when I say wildly different, I mean from an overachieving astronaut to a drug addict… and everything in between.
I was not familiar with the comic books prior to watching and found the first episode to be a little slow. However, there is a lot of story to tell and you will soon discover you need to hit the ground running in the final moments of the episode so you will be glad for that time spent on exposition.
By half way through episode 2, I was in it for the entire season. The story is engaging and gathering pace with a new twist in each episode. That’s no mean feat
(I have only seen the first 3 episodes so this may be inaccurate as the series progresses)
The characters are being fleshed out just as quickly as the story with the likes of Ellen Page and Mary J Bligh bringing some serious gravitas to the screen. The soundtrack is as unusual as you would expect and I found myself confounded by some of the choices and yet transfixed by an unexpected dance sequence.
The story swings effortlessly between the darker, more menacing characters and a fun, quirky and almost light hearted script. Sometimes, it’s the darker characters who have the light hearted lines which makes for very interesting viewing indeed. Don’t get me wrong, this story is going to venture into some pretty intense territory but unless it’s heading into pure horror or guts and gore, some clever writing goes a long way. And above all things, I love clever writing.
The entire season 1 dropped last Friday night so if you are craving your comic book fix, love you some messed up family dynamics or just want a dark and edgy story to pass your weekend, this one is for you.
Release Date: Streaming now
Who is in it: Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Robert Sheehan, David Castañeda, Aidan Gallagher, Cameron Britton, Mary J. Blige
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I am Sue-Ellen (never Sue please, but feel free to ditch the hyphen).After 8 or so years writing content for various online sites and publications, I decided to venture forth on my own and founded Write Here Copywriting in late 2017. My main goal is to help small businesses find their voice in the white noise of the interwebs. It may seem a little daunting to begin with, but when we commit to working together, your voice will suddenly ring clear and true.