The Lemony Snicket books have been beloved by many fans adults and children alike. Just like the Harry Potter books would do a few decades later, they spoke about tough things happening to smart people. The new Netflix series is no different.
The show starts out with the theme song which carries the show’s dark and gritty nature with it. “Look away, look away” is said by Count Olaf (Neil Patrick Harris). It also sets the tone for the rest of what the show has to offer.
When NPH was announced as being cast as Count Olaf, I didn’t know what to expect from him. Jim Carrey was the only Olaf that I had known in this role, who did a fantastic job doing such. But NPH was different, he brought a sense of seriousness to the role. Jim Carry’s Count was always more goofy and didn’t really take himself seriously like NPH did. Everything down to the eyebrow raises that he has while playing the character, the way he speaks through his body language, and even the line deliveries are a work of art. NPH took his role as Count Olaf and ran with it. He solidified himself as one of the best TV characters in my mind while doing so.
The other characters who make this show so great are the children, or more commonly referred to as “Orphans” during the show. Violet, Klaus, and Sunny who are put into this unfortunate situation when their parents have passed away in a fire. They start to go around into different houses all while being chased for their family’s fortune that was left to them.
Violet is the oldest and she’s the engineer of the group. You notice she is thinking when she puts her hair up with a ribbon. She is intuitive and tenacious. Malina Weisman, who is only 13, plays Violet Baudelaire. She got her first break in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in 2014, and her resume isn’t that large. Even with that being said she was perfect.
Klaus is the middle child who is the book worm. He constantly reads books and takes in knowledge that contributes to the group constantly. Louis Hynes plays this young man and has the perfect look for him. Klaus is known in the book for his nerdy obsession with books and learning.
Sunny is the youngest and despite her being a baby, most of her is CGI during her scenes. They also did a great job at making her feel like she was part of the story with her witty lines that were just “baby talk” but somehow felt like she was her own stand alone character. They wrote her in a way where she contributed to the story, which I have to commend the writers for that.
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What makes this show feel so good to watch is the world you’re thrown into. The grit and the tone seemed so dark and mysterious, yet bright and sunny at the same time. Even the narrator played by Patrick Warburton was monotonous and constantly told you to “turn back now,” or “this is not a happy story” and you can feel he means it.
The nod has to go to the communication of the directors. There were three during the making of this show and you wouldn’t know it. Barry Sonnenfield is most notably known for directing Men In Black and Wild Wild West. Mark Palansky who directed Penelope and Stories of Lost Souls. Rounding out the Direction crew is Bo Welch who is known more for his production designs in films such as Men In Black and Thor.
Overall A Series of Unfortunate Events gripped me from the second I heard the theme song in the first episode. The tone of the show is what is most notable with the cast working seem-less together to make something that’s magical. Every character, even a small child, has a voice and Neil Patrick Harris stole the show as Count Olaf in his many disguises. The story was entertaining until the end and doesn’t reveal too much while it’s developing. I recommend this show for children and adults alike and this is another Netflix Original that is hits all the right notes, If Netflix can keep doing what they’re doing with shows like this and even DareDevil, House of Cards, and Jessica Jones, I don’t see why the creative freedom can’t be left up to the creators to get shows like this.
A Series Of Unfortunate Events earns a perfect score of 10/10
- Fun Story
- Gripping Art Direction
- Every Character Has A Contribution To The Story
- Neil Patrick Harris Nails His Role
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