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Friday, January 13, 2017

Unfortunately, A Fortunate Review


If you are interested in stories with happy endings, then you would be off somewhere else.

Lifted from a book written by a certain Lemony Snicket, A Series of Unfortunate Events Season 1 covers the first 4 books of the series: The Bad Beginning, The Reptile Room, The Wide Window and The Miserable Mill.



This gothic dramedy chronicles the misadventures and misfortunes of the Boudelaire orphans: Violet (Malina Weissman), Klaus (Louis Hynes), and Sunny (Presley Smith) in the hands of the actor determined to claim their fortune for himself, Count Olaf (Neil Patrick Harris) in a cat-and-mouse game, a word which here means a contrived action involving constant pursuit, near captures, and repeated escapes.

The flow of the story is both entertaining and spellbinding. By spellbinding, we meant it evokes interest, attention or adminiration in a powerful and irresistable way. But it do binds you as the series progresses and you have nothing to do about it.

The disguised Harris, was tailored to play Count Olaf in every unimaginable and whimsical way. The orphans well played as, uhm, orhpans. They're good at being kids. Honestly. Violet is the inventor among the orphans, Klaus is a bookwrom and Sunny, oh the cuddly Sunny, has an unnatural strong teeth. All of them use their extreme talents to surpass the demeaning challenges in front of them. Very handy, we must say.

The sets are incredibly beautiful and eye candy, in which we meant that the visual images are superficially attractive and entertaining but intellectually undemanding. It's a unique reality and almost too good to be true.

Both served as the executive producer for the film and TV adaptation of the book, it is also noted that Barry Sonnenfeld also directed and supervised Pushing Daisies in which have a similarity with the tone and production design. If you binge-watch it alternately, you might end up believing that both series existed in the same universe.

Distributed by the streaming service Netflix, Count Olaf would definitely disagree that his story should be told in the theater, a more powerful medium than the streaming television.

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