Lemony Snicket’s “A Series of Unfortunate Events” is the dark, twisted Netflix show that brings the books from your childhood into life. After the disappointment of the 2004 movie, the show was a breath of fresh air that reminded me why I liked the twisted nature of the books.
The show starts with the Baudelaire children, Violet, Klaus, and Sunny. These three children, who, after the mysterious death of their parents, go through multiple “close” relatives. All the while they have to run away from the evil Count Olaf, who is after the Baudelaire fortune.
“A Series of Unfortunate Events” stars Neil Patrick Harris as Count Olaf, Patrick Warburton as Lemony Snicket, Malina Weissman as Violet Baudelaire, Louis Hynes as Klaus Baudelaire, K. Todd Freeman as Arthur Poe, and Presley Smith as Sunny Baudelaire.
The show is full of sarcasm and an underlying theme that children should be taken seriously, but never are. It also portrays most adults to be stupid and oblivious to whatever goes around them, even if it puts the children and their own lives at risk. The adults in the show are characters like Mr. Poe, an extremely unprepared banker who has a major coughing problem, Montgomery Montgomery, an eccentric herpetologist, Aunt Josephine, a grammar lover who used to be fearsome and formidable but is now afraid of everything, as well as many others.
The first season of “A Series of Unfortunate Events” covers the books “A Bad Beginning”, “The Reptile Room”, “The Wide Window”, and “The Miserable Mill”, all covered in eight episodes. The show is expected to have two more seasons, which will start with “The Austere Academy” in the second season, and will adapt the fifth through ninth books with ten episodes.
The show uses tactics you would use if you wanted to get a child to do something they would normally not want to do, by saying “Look away, look away,” even in the opening theme, as well as telling you “this show would wreck your evening, your whole life, and your day,” and it proves to be very effective. It ropes you in with the twisted nature of the entire seasons.
The show was directed by Mark Hudis and Barry Sonnenfeld, and it premiered on January 13th, 2017. The plot closely follows the books, but the secret organization known as VFD is introduced sooner and to a must greater extent, with Easter eggs hidden all around the episodes. All the character portrayals are excellent and over the top good, especially Neil Patrick Harris’ portrayal of Count Olaf, which was hysterical to watch and completely overdone for humor.
Overall the show was funny and well made, and an excellent thing to binge watch when you have a free day, and short enough to watch it in a week with no problems. I definitely recommend it to anyone who wants something to watch on Netflix at any given point in time.