If you’re not a fan of remorse, despair, and general unluckiness then I’d suggest you look away now and save yourself from the sorrowful story of the Baudelaire children in A Series of Unfortunate Events (2017).
Adapted from the book series by Lemony Snicket (Daniel Handler) of the same name, this new Netflix original series gives the problematic lives of Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire another chance to be showcased with grim visuals.
Mark Hudis and Barry Sonnenfeld are the brains of the operation whom have made this show as successful as it is.
Some may already be familiar with the film adaption of these undeniably odd novels, but the movie from 2004 did not meet the expectations that Sonnenfeld had for it.
Sonnenfeld has an undying love for the books and correctly identifies the overall theme as “It doesn’t matter: If you’re an adult, you’re going to screw things up.”
This message is portrayed through the wondrous child actors Malina Weissman, Louis Hynes, and Presley Smith who play Violet, Klaus, and Sunny respectively. The developers of the show are also ecstatic about the other outstanding actors in this series.
Neil Patrick Harris stars as the maniacal Count Olaf who follows the children throughout their misadventures, attempting to steal the large fortune left behind by their recently deceased parents.
K. Todd Freeman is the incompetent Mr. Poe, the Baudelaire family banker, who takes the children to each of their many parent guardians all the while failing to keep them away from danger.
Most interestingly, Patrick Warburton performs the role of the narrator Lemony Snicket. His omniscience is accompanied by a mysterious story of his own, but usually Snicket’s purpose is to honor the sarcastic and witty language of the original books.
Sonnenfeld, Hudis, and the rest of the crew have revived a beloved series from the childhood of many teenagers and young adults today.
Even Harris has called A Series of Unfortunate Events “so binge-y,” mimicking the sentiments of many of its fans and viewers.