I loved this show. It’s quirky, stylish, very funny, well acted & just good fun.
The cast is brilliant. Neil Patrick Harris is great as the tricky, Count Olaf. He manages to portray the character in many different ways throughout the series & it really shows his versatility as an actor. He’s far better than Jim Carrey’s portrayal of the character in 2004.
Patrick Warburton is also good as Lemony Snicket, the narrator. He pulls off a compelling & charismatic performance despite never interacting with another person. It’s quite impressive.
The three children are also good. It’s always difficult casting younger actors because few of them can act. They’ve hit the jackpot here though. Both the leads are likeable, humorous and capable of going toe to toe with their veteran cast members.
I have to give some credit to the set design & mise-en-scene. It’s very rare to see sets like this on tv, but this show is essentially a collection of four movies. The designs are great & they remind me of some of Wes Anderson’s films.
The show is also well written. It’s funny & it really does a good job of creating quirky, intelligent & catchy dialogue. However, as the series progresses, some of the dialogue & storylines get a bit repetitive. Perhaps they should’ve released the series as 4 movies, instead of 8 episodes.
I also want to praise the opening credits, sung by Neil Patrick Harris. They’re catchy, visually appealing & they perfectly define what the show is. They also change subtly for every story. In addition, I like the show’s soundtrack too.
A Series of Unfortunate Events is a great new show for Netflix. It’s pretty much good in every way possible. It puts the previous adaptation to shame. That being said, I think it can be a little repetitious at times & it’s perhaps best viewed as 4 films or in short bursts rather than binge watched. I’m eagerly anticipating the next season, which is already in development.