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A series of Unfortunate Events Review

This was great series for the entire family to enjoy! We sat and watched the eight episodes over a weekend starting on Friday night. We don't usually binge as a family, but no one wanted to stop. 

Token Geek and I had read the original Series of Unfortunate Events books and seen the film many years before and I loved Jim Carey in it.  I found the series much more slower paced than the film and exquisitely acted. Neil Patrick Harris as a dastardly Count Olaf, was fun, scary and just quirky enough that it wasn't silly. I do love Neil Patrick Harris and think he was the perfect addition to this cast.

The characters were just as you would expect. The adults are incredibly inept and the children brilliant.

K Todd Freeman is just excellent as Arthur Poe the banker who has the fate of the Baudelaire children in his hands. He seems to have a perpetual cold and is always coughing. We are introduced to his family and news reporter wife, so this character has a little more depth than the film.

Joan Cusack is another of my favourites, she plays Justice Strauss, who lives across the road from Count Olaf and the kids loved her library so much, we are now converting one of the rooms in our house to match her absolutely amazing library! 

Malina Weissman, Louis Hynes, Presley Smith as Violet, Klaus and Sunny are enjoyable to watch and I felt so bad for these intelligent and adorable children. The worst is really to come at the bitter end of the eight episodes when the fate of their parents is revealed properly. It's actually really quite sad.

Patrick Warburton plays Lemony Snicket who is quite an interesting character. His presence adds to the mystery of who the Baudelaire's really were.

As with the books and the film every time you feel there is hope for the Baudelaire children that hope is absolutely shattered.. well crushed. Its just awful as the opening music says 'Look Away' it really is quite sad, no hope at all for a happy ending in the first Season of the Lemony Snicket's A series of Unfortunate Events.

The kids loved it so much they went straight into the movie with Jim Carrey as Count Olaf and as soon as it finished they are into the books!

There are thirteen  novels in total:
  1. The Bad Beginning (1999)
  2. The Reptile Room (1999)
  3. The Wide Window (2000)
  4. The Miserable Mill (2000)
  5. The Austere Academy (2000)
  6. The Ersatz Elevator (2001)
  7. The Vile Village (2001)
  8. The Hostile Hospital (2001)
  9. The Carnivorous Carnival (2002)
  10. The Slippery Slope (2003)
  11. The Grim Grotto (2004)
  12. The Penultimate Peril (2005)
  13. The End (2006)

Still haven't had a chance to check out one of the major series right now on Netflix, check out this trailer :

Find the original Jim Carrey film on Amazon here:

Alice T.

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