A Series of Unfortunate Events is a 3-season, 25 episode tv show that is now streaming on Netflix. This series is rated TV-PG and began filming in 2017 and ended in 2019.
The story’s main characters are portrayed very beautifully by Neil Patrick (Count Olaf), Patrick Warburton (Lemony Snicket), Malina Weissman (Violet Baudelaire), Louis Hynes (Klaus Baudelaire),Presley Smith (Sunny Baudelaire), and K. Todd Freeman (Mr. Poe).
In A Series of Unfortunate Events, the setting is neither in the 20th century nor the 1900’s. It seems that the author wanted to set up his stories with the feeling of timelessness. Clothes look like they're from the 1920’s, but the technology that is used is made more around the 1960’s-70’s. This film has shown itself to be an adventure, comedy, drama, and can even be perceived as dark to some viewers.
The Series of Unfortunate Events is told from the point of view of a man who goes by the name of Lemony Snicket (Patrick Warburton). He has dedicated his life to writing the story of the Baudelaire’s misfortunate events. The Baudelaire children, Violet (Malina Weissman), Klaus (Louis Hynes), and Sunny (Presley Smith) have lost their parents in a mysterious fire.
Unbeknownst to the children, a cruel distant relative named Count Olaf (Neil Patrick) has taken the children under his wing; only to find out that Olaf has been scheming to steal the Baudelaire fortune. The children escape Count Olaf’s clutches and live in safety with family relatives, only to find out that Count Olaf is right behind them. On the brink of being captured again and again by Count Olaf and his henchmen, the children set out to learn and find out what the secret really is.
The quest brings them to places that hold secrets of their own such as Vile Village, Hostile Hospital, and Hotel Denouement. But while uncovering long lost secrets, trouble is always one step behind them, and Count Olaf will do whatever it takes to steal the Baudelaire fortune.
As you explore more about this series, you will find that not only are the actors doing well as their assigned character, the costumes help tell the story about the individual wearer. Count Olaf has four to five disguises up his sleeve. Going one costume to the other, Count Olaf seems to become more darker and with the help of the clothing, his villainy is seen perfectly. Season 2 Episode 10 is titled Carnivorous Carnival, where Count Olaf becomes a ringmaster. Instead of the traditional red and gold colors, Costume Designer Cynthia Summers wanted to do something different instead of the traditional red and gold. Summers gave the the Count a white broken down, textured, and shaded ringmaster outfit. This worked well overall in the scene, giving a good blend with the lighting.
If the costumes didn’t help bring the characters to life, the set design did. The designs really brought out the world of Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events. The sets have a gritty and dirty feeling to them. In Season 1 Episode 1, the set designers made Count Olaf’s home a broken mess. The roof is caving in, vines are growing in the house, there are messes everywhere; it is very unsuitable for children and anyone to live in. This setting, in turn, gives more depth and life to the character.
After reviewing and watching the unfortunate events series, I enjoyed it. I loved the mystery of every episode and the suspense it gives the audience. There was a slight disagreement in my case about this Tv show. It was very unclear to me when they had a man that went by the name henchperson of indeterminate gender, even though it was clearly a guy.
I would watch it again and recommend it to a friend. The music was very well done, the costumes and actors really brought out the character’s personality. I would recommend this to people who like suspense, comedies, and that love adventure, with twists.
Rating: 5 stars