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The Umbrella Academy has a lot of ideas it wants to play around with to be as substantive as it is occasionally stylish, and that's a more than admirable trait, but it's tough to argue it makes up for its overall lack of inventiveness.
Despite its best efforts to capture the delightful weirdness of the comic as well as expand on some of the storylines only hinted at in the book, the new Netflix series is ultimately too grounded and sluggish to really keep us invested.
It is purest hokum: a superhero show with some potentially interesting stuff lurking underneath about family dysfunction (mostly carried by Ellen Page as the black sheep) that promises never to be developed. And I'm in.
It's wonderfully filmed, and very whizzy and gothic, and dark. On the other... it's born of a graphic novel, and, as so often, doesn't quite hang together unless you've actually possessed the patience to read the original.
Umbrella Academy suggests a musical trapped in the body of one of Netflix's more tedious Marvel Comics vigilante dramas... It's a particularly egregious "four episodes worth of plot in a 10-episode bag" offender.
If you're searching for a wild new series that can be unpredictably fun, while also boasting a genuine story of a broken family with superpowers thrown in to the mix, The Umbrella Academy might just be your new favourite binge.