Like many people my age, I read Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events as a child. I enjoyed them enough to pick up the new ones as they were released, but I also don’t remember reading some of the middle books because they always seemed to be checked out of the library. My interest in the series waned after reading the last one because of how inconclusive the ending was. However, when Netflix announced that they were doing an adaption of the books, I was intrigued.
I haven’t quite finished the final episode, but even from only ten minutes into the series I felt confident enough to say that this is one of the best book to film adaptions I’ve ever seen. The series so perfectly captures the tone of the narration and the mood of the books.
The way they decided to incorporate the narrator was brilliant. He is such an important part of the books, and I loved how in some scenes in the Netflix series he is standing in or watching the scenes that he is describing. This made him as omnipresent in the show as he is in the books.
The actors playing Violet and Klaus and younger than in the movie version, making them closer in age to the book characters, and making the story much more tragic. Visually I loved the blend of bright colors and darkness. It gave the series the vaguely fairy tale/ larger than life feel that the books had.
Neil Patrick Harris’ Count Olaf is perfect. He finds just the right blend of creepy and over the top.
It’s been a while since I’ve read the books, but even I noticed the spy-esque subplots that had been added. If they fix the unanswered questions from the books then I am happy to see this addition.
I read a review that said the series was uninviting, especially to those who haven’t read the books. If that’s the case, then viewers are truly getting the full experience of reading the books, because the books are intentionally uninviting. Whether you’ve read the books or not, this is a woefully good show, and Netflix has outdone themselves with their retelling of these stories.