On Friday, January 13th, Lemony Snicket’s A Series Of Unfortunate Events was released, filling many who read the book series with immediate joy and nostalgia. Having read the series myself, I can say I was extremely happy when I found out about the series being made. Then, finding out Neil Patrick Harris would be playing the infamous Count Olaf made me even more excited.
It starts with the Baudelaire children finding themselves in a very sad and unfortunate situation, leaving them in the care of the terribly dreadful Count Olaf. Things quickly escalate, and more unfortunate things transpire (you can’t watch something with the name A Series Of Unfortunate Events and not expect something bad to happen).
Now, if you’ve read the books, you would know that the three children, Violet, Klaus, and Sunny, are very intelligent children with certain talents. Violet is a very eccentric young girl with a knack for building trinkets that sometimes serve as helpful in times of conflict. Klaus is an avid reader whose knowledge of things he’s picked up in books helps them out. Sunny, on the other hand, is very different: for a baby, she has incredibly strong, sharp teeth that can cut through anything—even metal.
The three children, though faced with consistent problems, tend to get through all of it, especially with the help of their talents.
When I first watched the show on Netflix, I admit that I was skeptical. Most shows that are created from a book aren’t usually good or don’t follow the events from the books. But A Series Of Unfortunate Events thoroughly surprised me. The acting is spectacular. Neil Patrick Harris plays Count Olaf perfectly, and the actor/actresses for the kids were amazing picks. They resemble the kids so well.
If you’ve read the books, I highly suggest watching the show.