Review: A Series of Unfortunate Events
Series: ASoUE #1
Released by Netflix on 13 January 2017
Length: Approx. 45 minutes
Cast: Neil Patrick Harris, Patrick Warburton, Malina Weissman, Louis Hynes, Presley Smith, K. Todd Freeman
After the Baudelaire parents die in a terrible fire, the Baudelaire orphans search for their families secrets and get them and their fortune away from the terrible grasp of the sinister Count Olaf as he moves with them between different guardians in disguise.
Years ago I watched a movie called A Series of Unfortunate Events and really enjoyed it. I was sad to find out there wasn’t going to be a sequel, but years later I found out Netflix was picking it up as a TV show. A couple of months went by with no news at all until we suddenly had a cast and eventually a release date. Friday the 13th of January, 2017.
ASoUE tells the unfortunate story of the Baudelaire siblings, who lost both their parents, their house and all their belongings in a fire. They are put in the care of a man called Count Olaf, but they find out he’s only after the enormous fortune the Baudelaire parents left their children.
I honestly loved the movie very much every time I saw it, and I had been meaning to pick up the books for so long. Obviously, I never did, partly because the series is thirteen books long and I already have a massive TBR pile. Still, I am planning to one day read them all. But this TV show made me extremely happy because I really wanted to see how the story continued.
Season one covers the first four books, three of which we have technically already seen in the 2004 movie, but this time the stories were told in order with more time to tell each story properly. Each story has two episodes, and for the first time I was so happy Netflix does that thing where they upload the whole season in one go – because I could not stop watching. The theme song (or songs, as each ‘book’ has a different one) was so catchy and I loved the snippets by Lemony Snicket in between.
The characters were just so great, and I still love the Baudelaire siblings so much. My other favourite character was definitely still Uncle Monty and I am still so so sad about what happened. Count Olaf was a horrible character, which I loved because Neil Patrick Harris played him so well! I mean I loved Jim Carrey as Olaf, but NPH was so much better, I think they made an excellent choice! The other cast members were great too, with relatively unknown children playing the orphans and maybe just four or five ‘big’ names.
I believe a second season has already been confirmed, and I am very much looking forward to it! And yes, I will try to at least read the first four books soon. I promise. If you loved the books and loved the movie (or if you loved the books but hated the movie, especially then) you should definitely watch this TV series!
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