As someone who grew up reading the book series A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket, I love love loved the Series of Unfortunate Events streaming series on Netflix.
ASOUE is about the Baudelaire orphans, three children who’s parents have died in a mysterious fire and are heirs to an enormous fortune. The books are dreary, bleak, dramatic, and full of dry humor and lessons in vocabulary. This show is absolutely no different and I love it. Neil Patrick Harris stars as Count Olaf, the evil man that plots to steal the orphans’ fortune. He excels at big facial expressions and playing up the absurd storylines. K. Todd Freeman brings humor to the sad tale as the always bumbling and misinformed banker Mr. Poe. The children are all wonderful as well, but the baby that plays Sunny Baudelaire (Presley Smith) is by far my favorite and never fails to make me laugh. I really enjoy shows and movies that give kids challenging main roles that don’t undermine their abilities (even if some of it is due to CGI).
I also thought the costumes and makeup were fabulous. They were wacky and loud and characters by themselves (sort of literally). Props to the costume and makeup departments.
This series comes to audiences years after the ASOUE movie was released in 2004. While Jim Carrey was indeed a frightening and funny Count Olaf with the perfect unibrow and Meryl Streep was a great frightened Aunt Josephine, the movie tried to squish three books into one short movie. Personally, I thought it was a good movie, but it wasn’t great. The series aims to do something a little different and stay true to the author’s portrayal of the story.
If you’d like to watch this show without having read the books first, you must understand that what you are watching is meant to be completely unbelievable and satirical. If you play along, you’ll find yourself completely entranced in the world of the Baudelaires and the mysterious situations that go on around them. You’ll also find that the theme song will be stuck in your head for days on end. ~Look away, look away….~
What did you think? Yay or nay to this newbie of a Netflix show?
Have a great week lovelies!