Thursday, November 3, 2016


After the release of a short teaser featuring Patrick Warburton as the eponymous Lemony Snicket, Netflix has released the first real look at the upcoming series based on the best-selling book series, A Series of Unfortunate Events. The series was previously adapted by Paramount and Nickelodeon Films with Jim Carrey playing the villain of the tale, Count Olaf, in a film that I, as a fan of the books, actually did quite enjoy despite the story not being quite as faithfully adapted as I would've hoped. Despite that, Carrey was quite electric in the role, and the film did quite accurately capture the Gothic atmosphere and dark humor of the series. With the film failing to spawn a franchise, now it's Netflix's turn at bat with Neil Patrick Harris stepping into the Count Olaf role, and with series author, Daniel Handler penning the scripts. You can watch the trailer, giving us our first look at the cast of the show, below.

Fans of the book series will immediately be pleased to note that the series seems to be sticking faithfully to the style adopted in the film, which makes sense given the author's involvement as producer. The trailer opens with a shot of Count Olaf's mansion, giving us a great look at the decrepit and creepy Gothic art style the show is running with. Fans will also be quick to notice the eye tattoo on Olaf's ankle, which is a symbol that becomes quite prominent as the series goes on, being much more accurate to the actual symbol from the books.

The cast all looks quite spot on. This trailer gives us our first look at our protagonists, the Baudelair Orphans, Violet, Klaus, and Sunny. I was quite excited when I saw that Violet Baudelair was played by Malina Weissman, who viewers of Supergirl will remember from Season 1 as the young Kara Zor-El. It makes me happy to see her finally getting some more work that isn't the god awful Nine Lives from earlier this year. But of course, the main attraction is Neil Patrick Harris in the villain role, and we get a good look at him in make-up as well. Visually, I think the make-up job isn't quite as good of one as the one Jim Carrey had, though it's hard to beat Carrey's famously expressive rubber face. Otherwise, he does look really good in the make-up and especially the hair. I have no doubt Harris will be excellent in the role, as he's perfect for what looks to be a deliciously over-the-top villain. Everything I'm seeing about this series tells me that this is one to watch for next year on Netflix. I might not be quite as excited for this as I am for things like The Defenders or Daredevil Season 3, but as a huge fan of this franchise, I'm pumped to see this series get another chance at the limelight.

A Series of Unfortunate Events premieres on Netflix  on Friday the 13th of January, 2017.

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