Netflix’s highly anticipated show “A Series of Unfortunate Events” was released on Jan. 13. Based off the best selling series of children’s books by Daniel Handler and narrated by Lemony Snicket, the story follows the three Baudelaire orphans Violet, Klaus and Sunny as they try to escape their thieving uncle Count Olaf.
Each episode kicks off with a wonderfully menacing theme song that fits perfectly with this eerie comedy warning viewers to “look away” from the sinister events that are about to occur. The show is a complete contrast to the incredibly dark movie adaptation that was released in 2004, as it is surprisingly charming and funny while still sticking to the plot of the books.
One of the most impressive aspects of the show is the casting. Each character perfectly fits their unique description in the book.
The star of the show is undoubtedly Count Olaf, played by Neil Patrick Harris. He perfectly embodies the weird and quirky character of Count Olaf while still displaying his dark side.
The show received a very impressive score on Rotten Tomatoes of 92 percent and an 8.3/10 on IMDb, probably because of how true it stays to the books.However, you don’t need to have read the books to enjoy the series as the story is pretty easy to follow. Any change in the story is a wonderful addition rather than an omission from the true plot. Each of the first four books is split into two 40-minute episodes and follows each plot of the book incredibly well.
The time and effort spent making the show great is evident in the elaborate set designs and costumes. The acting in the series is undeniably impressive, even though the main actors are fairly young.
This show definitely lived up to the hype and fit in well with other Netflix original series.