This past Friday was one of the most dreaded days of the year - Friday the 13th. And with it, came a new short series from Netflix that many, many people waited patiently for: A Series of Unfortunate Events. While the story may stray from the horror genre, it is most definitely a rather depressing, macabre, and intentionally dulling story. For those who are unfamiliar with the story, three children - known throughout the series as the Baudelaires, are sent to the beach on a dark and gloomy day by their parents, where they learn from an incompetent banker that their parents perished in a house fire, which destroyed everything the children owned. The children are then brought to their "closest relative" to be their guardian, who turns out to be a dreadfully evil villain named Count Olaf, played by Neil Patrick Harris. You see, the parents of the Baudelaires left them a tremendous fortunate that is to be given to the oldest daughter, Violet, when she comes of age. But until then, the money is to remain untouched. But the evil Count Olaf is out for the money, and will not let anything or anyone - Baudelaires included - get between him and the money. The new Netflix series tells the story of the children going from guardian to guardian trying to escape the clutches of Count Olaf and finally find an adult who will believe their story!
Naturally, I binge watched the series this past weekend - a growing trend I'm coming to find. I went into this series not really knowing the backstory, but open to anything a little different, and A Series of Unfortunate Events is certainly different. It is dark and unforgiving. Patrick Warburton dictates the story as Lemony Snicket, and on multiple occasions, warns the viewer of just how depressing and dark the story will get. Every time you feel like things are starting to look up for the children, another unfortunate event hits them like a ton of bricks. The Baudelaire children just cannot get ahead. It is a great little series that even though I'm making it sound really depressing and tiresome, is incredibly fun and clever. Neil Patrick Harris does an incredible job with his various personas as Count Olaf attempts to gain guardianship of the children. And the actors playing the children did a glorious job and it certainly must be noted - Violet (Malina Weissman), and Klaus (Louis Hynes) are definitely unique , gifted children and the child actors behind them are equally as talented. I have to recommend A Series of Unfortunate Events as a short series to anyone who is a fan of something a little different, a little dark, and a whole lot of cheesy, witty comedy. It's a fun watch with a little added extra sad.