Netflix's new attempt to create a superhero universe without Marvel aka The Umbrella Academy is too busy in proving itself that it gets a bit boring at the start but gets entertaining towards the end.
The Umbrella Academy starts with an event where forty-three women becomes pregnant mysteriously and seven of them are adopted by a billionaire Sir Reginald Hargreeves. The first few episodes of the show takes ample amount of time to make us understand the story of six kids who were trained to become a world-saving team and why they are one of the most dysfunctional family which makes this show more of a family drama rather than being a superhero-team origin show. It is a new approach you can say, some can like it, some might not, I personally think it is just normal, not too bad and not too good. The show throws needless information at times. Each of the kid has some superpower except Vanya. Number Five time travels from future and tries to find the reasons of apocalypse, but his journey of finding answers isn't so easy.
The main highlight of the show is absolutely Number Five, his characterisation is pretty well-written. But the screen time given to Number Five and his story is very much high in compare to others, it almost looks like the show is made for him not for the team. Action sequences are neatly coordinated. The family drama is entertaining but it is over-stretched and the apocalypse takes a back seat. Show improves towards the end and turns out to be good in the end but I can't simply ignore the boring start because of a good end. The differences in the relationship of each character sometimes looks silly and unauthentic. The show is based on Gabriel Bá's comics which is very good when you read it but it doesn't look so appealing on the screen.
Adrian Gallagher acted pretty well and so did Tom Hooper (Luther) and David Castenda (Diego). Ellen Page as Vanya did a splendid acting but Emmy Raver looked a bit confused about her role. Direction looked lazy at the start but improved a little towards the end. Script by Steve Blackman and Jeremy Slater fell off at many places, they were unable to find the right balance between the family drama and the apocalypse. Cinematography is brilliant. The music by Jeff Russo is amazing, makes you feel energetic.
Acting - 3.5 / 5.
Direction - 2.5 / 5.
Script - 2.5 / 5.
Cinematography - 3 / 5.
Music - 4 /5.
Final Verdict - 2.5 / 5.
Can count for a watch if you want to see some new superhero action.