A Series of Unfortunate Events: A Review
After the loss of their parents in a mysterious fire, the three Baudelaire children face trials and unfortunate events in their attempt to uncover dark family secrets.
Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events takes on the events from the first 4 books in the much-loved 13 book series. The 8 episodes include the Bad Beginning, the Reptile Room, the Wide Window and the Miserable Mill. The tone of the show sticks pretty close to that of the source material – it’s quite dark and dreary. Even the opening sequence “look away, look away” “ this show will wreck your evening, your whole life and your day” sticks with the same approach to the series and marketing that the books have.
In theory fans of the series will love this series. Personally, I haven’t read the 13 book series so can’t claim to be a fan. Maybe if I had it might have helped – I found this series rather dull and boring at times, it really doesn’t do anything for me. Neil Patrick Harris as Olaf doesn’t doesn’t feel right or really fit with my image of the character. The show is watchable though – it’s probably just aimed more at fans than the common folk.