Published in the January 25, 2017 issue of The Bells
Unnecessary word definitions, Einstein-esque hair and intriguingly depressing plot: these are the cornerstones of Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events.
The books that the Netflix series are based on were originally published from 1999 to 2006, and all thirteen books experienced great success.
The movie adaption, which aired in 2004, was directed by Brad Silberling and received a 6.8 out of 10 from IMDB.
Criticisms rained onto the movie for being too compact and unable to truly do the book series’ odd twists and turns justice in a short hour and 48 minutes.
The Netflix series, which was released January 13th, 2017, expounds on the books and, according to popular opinion, truly brings the unfortunate story to life.
Count Olaf, portrayed by Neil Patrick Harris, is a washed-up actor who’s hungry for his young relatives’ fortune. He provides a meager living for the Baudelaire children in exchange for slave labor and time to formulate various plans to steal their inheritance.
The Baudelaire children are recently orphaned and have a unique set of skills that assist them in evading their wild relative’s plots against them. Violet, played by Malina Weismann, is the oldest orphan at 14 with uncanny abilities to fix, invent, and tinker. She is usually seen with her infant sister, Sunny, around her hip, who has sharp teeth that help her do everything from slice bread to carving the perfect skipping stone. Klaus, the 12 year old bookworm and researcher of the family, is played by Louis Hynes.
Do-gooders who attempt to intervene in the Baudelaires’ fate usually end up dead, which is another aspect of the series that makes it so horribly entertaining.
The television series is overwhelmingly well done, and portrays Lemony Snicket’s work as it was meant to be seen.
Barry Sonnenfeld, director of the series, is praised for his meticulous attention to detail in the twelve-book sequence.
Patrick Warburton, who plays the dutifully devoted narrator to the bleak Baudelaire history known as Lemony Snicket, carries the cadence of the story in a refreshingly strange fashion.
Between the plot that drops jaws and the whimsical costumes and language, A Series of Unfortunate Events sets the bar for 2017 television.