ARTS & LEISURE — February 2, 2017 at 10:22 am

“A Series of Unfortunate Events” captivates audience

"A Series of Unfortunate Events" advertisement for the highly anticipated Netflix release. The poster features Count Olaf along with the Baudelaire children.
“A Series of Unfortunate Events” advertisement for the highly anticipated Netflix release. The poster features Count Olaf along with the Baudelaire children.

Netflix’s latest production, “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” directed by Barry Sonnenfeld offers a refreshing and nostalgic adaptation to the beloved novels written by Lemony Snicket.

“A Series of Unfortunate Events” tells the story of Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire and the events following the death of their parents. The Baudelaire children are forced to live with their closest relative and the villain of the story, Count Olaf.

The Netflix series, released on Jan. 13, currently consists of eight episodes. The first season encompasses four books; one book corresponds to two episodes.

Snicket’s books adapted for film first in “A Series of Unfortunate Events” directed by Brad Siberling. However, Netflix’s newest installment somehow still finds a way to appeal to viewers with the constant innovative thinking in each episode.

The show includes songs, some written by Neil Patrick Harris, who plays the part of Count Olaf. Snicket, also known as Daniel Handler played a major role in giving life to the series, he wrote each episode, accompanied by Emily Fox. Additionally, Handler wrote the catchy and comedic theme song for the series sung by Harris.

Handler also wrote a character for himself, played by Patrick Warburton, as the narrator of the show. The character, Lemony Snicket talks directly to the audience and comments on the events that occur in the episodes. This gives the audience a clearer view of what the director and cast try to convey.

Furthermore, the colors of the set and undertones of the background express moods as well. The beginning of the series uses a monochromatic green, while later when the children enter Count Olaf’s house, the colors become gloomy and dark. Something incredibly simple such as color can give insight into the forthcoming events in the series.

“A Series of Unfortunate Events” embodies everything that Snicket wanted to exhibit in his books and brings the books to life much more than its movie counterpart. The show can entertain people of all ages while managing not to be hokey or cliché.

The series officially renewed for season two which will include ten episodes, exhibiting five books. Creators of the show plan to sustain three seasons and present all 13 books.

Click here for the series’ IMDB page.

Listen to the series theme here.

Watch the trailer for the series here.


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Carly Novell is a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas. She is an editor of The Eagle Eye and this is her second year on newspaper staff. Novell intends to pursue a career as a journalist in the future.

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