The A Series of Unfortunate Events books have been very popular for years. In 2004 there was even an attempt to bring it to the big screen. Starring Jim Carrey as Count Olaf, the film failed to take off and no sequels followed. In 2017, the series received an adaptation on Netflix. Starring Neil Patrick Harris as Count Olaf, the series was an immediate success. In March, Netflix released the second season with a third season to follow next year. The series will only consist of three seasons, as then the entire story will have been told. While many already watch the show, there are still plenty who have not seen it yet. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of reasons why you should not sleep on this amazing series.
1. It is dark but funny as hell
The series deals with some pretty serious topics. The Baudelaire orphans are being chased around by Count Olaf, who wants their fortune. As the title of the series suggest, their adventures never end well. Whenever they believe they are safe, Count Olaf makes sure that feeling ends quickly. Despite the heavy topics such as dealing with death, loss and betrayal, the series is genuinely funny. While Count Olaf and his troupe of bad actors are hilarious, they always manage to keep a sense of danger and evil. It’s what keeps the show interesting and makes it unique in many ways.
2. The cast is phenomenal
Of course, praise has to be given to Neil Patrick Harris who is fantastic as Count Olaf. But one actor can’t make an entire show work. Malina Weissman and Louis Hynes are excellent as Violet and Claus. K. Todd Freeman is great as Mr. Poe, the banker permanently coughing and unaware of what is happening. Patrick Warburton narrates the series as Lemony Snicket and does a great job at that. Basically the whole cast is on point. Also, in the second series Lucy Punch plays Count Olaf’s girlfriend which is a real treat.
3. The show looks amazing
The era of the show is not known, to keep it as timeless as possible. It’s why the Baudelaires do not have phones for example. The whole series does feel Victorian in the way the sets and costumes look. Another great thing about this show is their unique use of lighting. It makes the show look very haunting and mysterious. You can see that a lot of thought went into creating this show, which is a huge plus.
4. It brings you back to your childhood
Especialy for those who’ve read the books, A Series of Unfortunate Events is a trip back to memory lane. The series closely follow the books with only minor changes. This is different from the movie, which changed a lot of things. But even when you haven’t read the books, this show does a great job at making you feel like a child again. For example, why the hell don’t the adults see that Count Olaf shows up everywhere in disguise? It’s fun to imagine which inventions the Baudelaires could come up with to escape. Plus, bonus points for the amazing title tracks. All in all, it’s just a horrible yet amazing journey.
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