Posted on November 3, 2016
A Series of Unfortunate Events
Below this bit of text is the trailer for A Series of Unfortunate Events.
It is a Netflix series that will be available Friday the 13th, January 2017.
Take a look.
As you can see, Neil Patrick Harris is playing Count Olaf.
This is a stark contrast from Jim Carrey, who many feel did a fine job with the character in the 2004 film.
I think this could become an entertaining series if they can pull the pacing off.
They certainly nailed the aesthetic. The gothic tone paired well with the trailer.
Regarding the film
A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004) was not a poor film.
It simply tried to jam three books worth of material into an hour and 48 minute film.
This upset fans and it is understandable why.
Lemony Snicket wrote an interesting series with unique characters and their plotline deserves more than a rushed movie.
Other Possible Options
Netflix is in a unique position with this series.
If this series becomes a success, I could see other shows in this genre getting a greenlight.
Personally, I think the Percy Jackson series was unfairly adapted to film.
The use of late teenaged actors playing a role that was meant for twelve year olds is my main argument.
A Netflix series that takes the books seriously would be quite entertaining to a large group of Percy Jackson fans.
I have to bring up some thoughts. This series could turn out poorly paced. It has a tall order to fill.
Telling the entire series (13 books) before the child actors grow too old to play the characters correctly is quite daunting.
Nothing that proper time management can’t solve.
I believe that the writers know what they are doing and I look forward to checking it out.
UPDATE (as of January 21st, 2017)
I watched the series. I enjoyed the first two episodes. Once it got to the Reptile Room, my interest peaked with the introduction of the VFD. A bit annoying that not much was talked about the organization. The casting for the Mother and Father was unique. I guess I just lost interest in the show by the end of the third episode. Perhaps the show wasn’t meant for my age group (18+). A shame that it isn’t as appealing to me as I age. Still quite colorful.