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Lemony Snicketís A Series of Unfortunate Events 

Review of "Lemony Snicketís A Series of Unfortunate Events" 1/15/17
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I never read the books that this is based on, so I can't say whether they did a good job of bringing the books to life or not. It looks like it would be a fun fantasy series, like "Harry Potter," but it's not at all. It's very dark and drab, and a lot of it is over-the-top silly.  I can't imagine which age you would have to be to enjoy this. I think it's a little too dark and scary for young kids, but it's too dumb for older kids.

For instance, they spent the first five to ten minutes telling us how sad the story is and warning us not to watch it (including a song that did the same). Okay, we get it. You'd have to be a really stupid child not to be bored with that.

The acting is the only good thing about it. Neil Patrick Harris is fantastic, as always. He plays the dastardly villain, Count Olaf.  Patrick Warburton is the narrator, Lemony Snicket.  The actors who play the kids do a wonderful job.  It's just the story and how it's portrayed that I have a problem with.

It reminds me a bit of some movies by Wes Anderson (which, personally, I can't stand), like "Fantastic Mr. Fox." I like fantasy movies and shows, normally, but this one is just too weird and dark for me. Also, it moves very slowly. There are songs, and they're okay. I don't know what to tell you. It just isn't my type of thing. I really don't know who would like it.


"Meet Count Olaf" teaser video:

Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events premieres worldwide on Friday, January 13,  2017 only on Netflix.
Series Description:
Based on the internationally best-selling series of books by Lemony Snicket (aka Daniel Handler) and starring Emmy and Tony Award winner Neil Patrick Harris, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events recounts the tragic tale of the Baudelaire orphans -- Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Ė whose evil guardian Count Olaf (Harris) will stop at nothing to get his hands on their inheritance. The siblings must outsmart Olaf at every turn, foiling his many devious plans and disguises, in order to discover clues to their parentsí mysterious death. The eight-episode series is a Netflix original production, executive produced by Emmy Award winner Barry Sonnenfeld and Daniel Handler, and also stars Patrick Warburton (Lemony Snicket), Joan Cusack (Justice Strauss), Malina Weissman (Violet Baudelaire) and Louis Hynes (Klaus Baudelaire).
"If you are interested in stories with happy endings, then you would be better off somewhere else." 
-- Lemony Snicket

Avert your eyes from the tragic and horrible sight of the OFFICIAL TRAILER for Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events. 
Despite its sorry state, if you simply must share its tale of woe and despair, a link to the trailer is here:

Netflix invites you to look away as we reveal the second trailer to the upcoming series Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events.

You can view the new trailer here: 

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