Netflix has been dominating the streaming television market. It’s hard to believe that just 10 years ago I was subscribing to their DVD mail service. They are not only dominating the streaming market with movies and syndicated television series, but also with their own series. I have already expressed my enthusiasm for Jessica Jones and now I have a new series that I must tell you about. Lemony Snicket and a Series of Unfortunate Events, starring Neil Patrick Harris and Patrick Warburton.
It is the same Lemony Snicket story from 2004 starring Jim Carrey. It is just as dark and deranged, and it is excellent! Partick Warburton’s somber tone as Lemony Snicket is so amazing and authentic (which here means “realistic” or “lifelike”) that you are almost expecting him to cry at any moment. His monotone narration and stoic demeanor provides the perfect commentary for the plight of the Baudelaire orphans.
NPH as Olaf is the Perfect Dichotomy
If you are familiar with the books or the 2004 movie then you know that Count Olaf, the main antagonist, claims to be an actor. He thinks he’s a great actor, when he’s actually awful. Hence the dichotomy of Neil Patrick Harris’ portrayal, which is astounding! I think his Count Olaf is better than Jim Carry’s Olaf from the movie. When I saw the branding for this show I didn’t even recognize NPH behind all the makeup. Then I was skeptical as to whether he could pull off an eccentric buffoon because I still think Barney Stinson when I see Neil Patrick Harris. However, the only similarity between Barney and Olaf is they are both “legendary”.
There are only eight episodes, each one has about an hour runtime so there is plenty of time to catch up. It has been renewed for a second season. If you’re looking for a great show, albeit a little dark, you definitely need to check out Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events.
I could accomplish so much more if I only had minions!