Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, or simply A Series of Unfortunate Events, is an American black-comedy drama television series from Netflix, and developed by Mark Hudis and Barry Sonnenfeld, based on the children’s novel series of the same name by Lemony Snicket. It stars Neil Patrick Harris, Patrick Warburton, Malina Weissman, Louis Hynes, K. Todd Freeman and Presley Smith, and premiered on January 13, 2017.
I would be a liar if I said this series doesn’t hold a place in my heart. Along with Harry Potter, this was another series that I read as I was growing up and I remember them fondly and remember absolutely devouring them and there awesomeness. Suffice to say, if you also read the books, you’ll know we’ll not be speaking about the disaster that called itself a movie adaption that took place in 2004.
There’s very little not to like about this new series. The theme tune has to be one of my favourites that I have come across in quite a while, and I love that they changed it slightly when they moved from one book to another, giving you a brief glimpse of what to expect. I think the whole idea of how it was done was fantastic too, splitting each book into two episodes. While there was some creative differences from the books and tv show, it’s only to be expected as not everything comes across as well in a visual format compared to when you’re reading it.
When I found out that Netflix were making a TV series, I cheered for joy, especially when I found out that Neil Patrick Harris was playing Olaf. I liked Jim Carrey, don’t get me wrong, but NPH is an amazing actor and I’ve yet to come across a role I didn’t enjoy him in. He’s dark, sofisticated and plays the role extremely well, while including Olaf’s dimwittedness, without it coming across overly so.
If I had to pick something negative from the whole series, it would probably be Mr. Poe. I can not stand Mr. Poe, but don’t get me wrong K. Todd Freeman did an excellent job of portraying the character, I just don’t like Mr. Poe as a character in general. He gets up my wick as to how blatantly stupid he is. Hopefully this isn’t just me and that others find him equally as aggravating. I’m pretty sure, as I’m writing this it’s dawning on me now, that Mr. Poe was probably written that way, and is meant to go against the grind.
The Baudelaire Children did an excellent job. I couldn’t help but find myself comparing them to the children that played their role in the movie, even though I tried my darndest not too, but it’s pretty obvious that this series was going to top the movie ten-fold from the very beginning. They all did excellent jobs at portraying their characters traits and personalities, and I couldn’t help but laugh out loud whenever I read Sonny’s subtitles!
I could go on and on about how excellent this tv series is but I think I’ll leave it there at that and leave you now to go off and watch it if you haven’t already. Oh and while you’re at it, might I recommend reading the books too! While some of you might say “why, when I can just watch it on Netflix?”, to that I say read the books! They are an experience, and I can guarantee you that you will not have read the likes of the literary genius that is Lemony Snickett (who is played by Patrick Warburton and is also excellent)!