Review: ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ Not Unfortunate at All

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Lemony Snicket’s fictional children are given visual life in Netflix’s adaptation of the novels

“A Series of Unfortunate Events,” the highly anticipated adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s books, is finally here.

Fans and nonfans alike get to relive the story of the Baudelaire’s unfortunate tale. After the Baudelaire’s parents die in a fire, the children are sent to live with Count Olaf. Count Olaf, an actor, tries to steal the children’s fortune. While the kids try to survive Olaf’s evil plan, they also try to uncover a secret from their parent’s past.

In my opinion:

This show has a lot of art. The camera in the show serves more than just your typical recording device. Each angle the camera uses demonstrates the art of the show. The walls of the house, the inventions from Violet Baudelaire and the scenery add to the story. There is so much detail in each shot, you can stare at it for hours.

The acting in the show is also great. We all know Neil Patrick Harris from “How I Met Your Mother,” but my attention goes to the young cast: Louis Hynes (Klaus), Malina Weissman (Violet) and Presley Smith (Sunny). This cast works and interacts well with each other. The only thing that doesn’t fit is the awkward two sentence lines that occur occasionally between the characters.

The makeup team is also exceptional. The fact that they were able to create Count Olaf from Harris is impressive. They also worked on Count Olaf’s team of actors who look amazing, in a gross way.

Something most shows don’t have is a narrator, Lemony Snicket (played by Patrick Warburton). He adds more to the story, like those minor details you wouldn’t get just from the show. It gives the show more of a theatrical feel.

Overall, I recommend the show because the art and characters add a fun way to relive the books and the movie. Each episode is not super long and a cluster of episodes breaks down a book.

Even though the storyline is mostly sad, characters like Olaf and the kids create a playful feeling to counteract the overall depression of the series.

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