Netflix has released a brand new Netflix Original Series which brings with it a lot of potential for disaster or redemption. The new interpretation of, A Series of Unfortunate Events, which recently arrived on Netflix was met with an initially mixed reaction.
Many people considered the previous movie adaptation to be a terrible portrayal of the books, with events occurring in the wrong order. Others, who were less knowledgeable of the books or less concerned thought that it was just a strange movie.
The story of A Series of Unfortunate Events follows the lives of three orphans, Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire. In the aftermath of a fire that leaves them as orphans, the children are left in the hands of a variety of guardians, some of whom have less than honorable intentions such as Count Olaf.
With the generally negative reviews of the movie adaptation in mind, people have been skeptical of the Netflix series, even with the draw of Neil Patrick Harris as Count Olaf.
However, most viewers were pleasantly surprised to see that the new series was quite different from the film in almost every way. The new series is very reminiscent of the books.
The first season of the show consists of eight episodes that represent the contents of the first four books. Each book is broken up into a two episode story arc. This is a very natural feeling progression between and within each of the different books.
One of the biggest things that sets the series apart from the film, in a good way, is the amazing attention to detail involved in transferring the plot from the books to the screen.
One of the most obvious ways that they did this was through there use of Lemony Snicket, played by Patrick Warburton, the author and narrator of the books. The dry humor and witty definitions from Lemony Snicket are the peaks of humor amongst the bleak themes of the story.
Overall, it is a dark story that is told in an entertaining and surprisingly humorous way. The acting is all superb, with a slightly lower quality from the child actors that is to be expected.
Anyone who is a fan of the books should check it out and if you’ve never read them, don’t worry this is a great introduction that is great for audiences of all ages.