The much-anticipated adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s book series is creative–both in terms of visuals and script–brilliantly cast, and the perfect length/pace for a solid binge-watching session.
Fans of the books will appreciate that Daniel Handler (“Lemony Snicket” himself!) is listed as an executive producer of this show, giving us the accuracy and directly-from-book-to-screen moments we are so often deprived of in film or TV adaptations.
Visually, the show is beautiful. It manages to pull off a unique mixture of classic and modern, giving the show an almost alternate-reality sort of setting. Some aspects appear cartoonish at times, which seems to add to this unique setting.
Now, let’s take a moment to appreciate the script of this show. It is packed full of a blend of dark- and tongue-and-cheek humour, constant references to concepts such as “streaming television,” and other subtle (and not-so-subtle) fourth wall breaks. Additionally, fans of the books will catch the countless references and clues regarding where series is progressing, meaning the show’s writers clearly know what us viewers are looking for.
The show’s cast, including Neil Patrick Harris, Patrick Warburton, and Malina Weissman, all perfectly portray their unique characters as if they came directly from within the book series’s pages. Neil Patrick Harris, playing Count Olaf, manages to capture the character’s diabolically evil side as well as his theatre diva side.
In addition, the show’s pacing and length lends itself exceptionally well to the style in which the books were written. Each book gets two episodes (almost two hours total), so by the end of Season 1, four books have been adapted, almost word-for-word. If anything, this allows for the stories to be further developed, with more subplots and backstories being intertwined into the already existing story.
I could go on and on about this adaptations. I had high expectations from the start (being such a big fan of the books) and it managed to blow them out of the water. Whether you’re a fan of the book series, or simply looking for your next binge-watch, I highly recommend this series. That is, unless you choose to listen to Lemony Snicket’s advice, and “look away…”