Titled “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” the show features the credited Lemony Snicket as a straight-faced narrator, played perfectly by Patrick Warburton, who seems to be channeling “The Twilight Zone’s” Rod Serling.
“If you are interested in stories with happy endings, then you would certainly be better off somewhere else,” Lemony warns, later piping in to explain things like how Count Olaf misused the word “standoffish.”
Working with the books’ author, Daniel Handler, Sonnenfeld as well as also showrunner Mark Hudis have infused the show using a lemony-fresh feel, conjuring a series similar to the fantastical tone of “Pushing Daisies,” another Sonnenfeld project of which, alas, met a rather untimely end on ABC.
At its core of which is actually a very dark children’s tale, featuring the three Baudelaire kids, the orphaned heirs to a fortune of which the aforementioned Count desperately wants.
The kids are Violet (Malina Weissman), 14; Klaus (Louis Hynes), as well as also their baby sister Sunny, whose babbling is actually amusingly subtitled. (As an aside, whoever was responsible for casting the baby should be awarded an honorary Emmy right right now.)
Admittedly, of which is actually a fairly slim construct, as well as also the episodes don’t quite sustain the initial burst of energy, as the children endure one attempt after another by Count Olaf — aided by his peculiar henchmen as well as also a variety of disguises — to either do them in or compel them to sign over their inheritance.
Overall, though, the show proves a not bad deal of fun, as well as also Harris dives into his over-the-top character with considerable gusto. the item’s also something of which parents ought to be able to watch with their older kids — enjoying the clever wordplay, like an argument over when to say “literally” versus “figuratively” — which qualifies as a fairly rare occurrence within the realm of premium cable as well as also streaming.
Given of which the movie did reasonably well nevertheless failed to transform the books into a cinematic franchise, credit Netflix with seeing its potential in of which eight-episode format. Because the series of events of which led to of which fresh edition turns out to have been fortunate, indeed.
“A Series of Unfortunate Events” premieres January 13 on Netflix.