One of Netflix’s latest series, amongst the HUGE number which are currently being released, is a revamp of A Series Of Unfortunate Events, the book series by Lemony Snicket. The books featuring the Baudelaire children is a pretty well-known tale of three orphans, Violet, Klaus and Sunny, trying to evade the capture of the evil Count Olaf. Once brought to life on the big screen by Jim Carrey, now Neil Patrick Harris takes the part of the Count in what is a fresh, fun and quirky take on the well-told tale.
Is This A Netflix Series Worth Watching?
In general, A Series Of Unfortunate Events is very enjoyable and quick-witted series. I think there’s already some awareness of the general plot’s inevitability, so they definitely made the ride as enjoyable as possible throughout. The way the script was written and delivered was fast-paced and on the mark with clever wordplay and humour. I love the style of narratorial delivery, especially with Patrick Warburton’s booming voice as Lemony Snicket. I think I enjoyed the narration more than anything, even more than the performance of the highly-talented Neil Patrick Harris.
The thing that surprised me most about A Series Of Unfortunate Events was the number of familiar faces that kept cropping up. I did not expect to see Joan Cusack, Alfre Woodard, Cobie Smulders, Will Arnett, K. Todd Freeman, Catherine O’Hara, Assif Mandvi, Don Jonson or Rhys Darby at all! This impressive ensemble of combined with the three children; Malina Weissman, Louis Hynes and Presley Smith form to create a formidable cast which creates the dastardly universe the Baudelaires are forced to grow up in.
Have We Seen It All Before?
In some ways, yes the show seems to align itself very closely with the original story. I admittedly never finished the book series when I was younger, but comparing what I remember from the books, and the Jim Carrey film, there’s nothing too new here. The story is definitely the same, I even remember that they serve pasta puttanesca instead of the roast beef. I think amongst the predictable storyline and the bizarre use of the baby’s teeth, you can forgive some of the weirdness. It is the alternative style and delivery that makes this Netflix series stand out from previous iterations of this show.
The Self Awareness Brings The Show To Life
I know the content and promotional material shouldn’t affect the content of a series, but I loved how they dealt with the self-awareness of the show in the build-up to the series release and how they continued it throughout. I found the constant requests to ‘look away’ or ‘go and watch something else’ kept the whole charade alive throughout. I’m glad the way they dealt with the show continued throughout, it added that little bit extra for me. Oh, and kudos to whoever came up with this tweet, Barney would be hella proud.
— Netflix UK & Ireland (@NetflixUK) 28 January 2017
So, make sure you ignore all the calls to look away and watch something else, I think you’ll find A Series Of Unfortunate Events a highly enjoyable watch. It’s by no means groundbreaking TV, but in terms of an enjoyable and easy-going set of eight episodes, you can’t go too far wrong with A Series Of Unfortunate Effects! Let me know if you’ve seen it, and what you think!