Hey y’all! Today I’m doing a review for Netflix’s fabulous A Series of Unfortunate Events.
Beware: this review contains spoilers for the books and show.
I haven’t actually read the books in around 2 years, so I honestly don’t know if the show is 100% accurate. However I could just about tell that it mostly kept to the plot, sometimes even quoting my favourite lines from the book word from word. In some areas the plot was spiced up a bit, but I think Snicket, who wrote most of the screenplay, was just snatching his chance and adding in things he didn’t think of when first publishing the books. The changes were mainly small ones, and were VERY MISLEADING at times.
One new character was Jacquelyn or whatever her face is, the badass lady who’s helping the Baudelaires. Maybe they’ve turned Jaques into a woman? I don’t really know but she seems pretty cool. I did like how some of the VFD characters were introduced earlier on, so we can follow some of their story as well, as the show goes on.
I’m sorry but I have to talk about the parents. (LOOK AWAY NOW IF YOU DO NOT WISH FOR SPOILERS.) I was so totally fooled. At first I was angry that they had completely changed the entire plot and made the Baudelaire parents actually alive. Then I very slightly accidentally read an online spoiler before I finished the season that the parents were actually the Quagmire parents and I was A-FLABBERGASTED. How could they do this to us Lemons? I was completely tricked.
Also so happy about that lil sneak peak of the Quagmires! I love these three so so much, especially Quigley. He’s probably my favourite character of this series ever ❤ I like the ending when the Baudelaires and the Quagmires are sitting back to back with their spyglasses. And I’m sorry but what was that cringy song at the end?! Bit weird. I did love the opening theme song though. Literally never knew Neil Patrick Harris could sing.
Speaking of Neil, I think the characters were cast really well. Normally child actors are awful, but these weren’t too bad. The actress who portrayed Violet did pretty well for, like, a 12-year-old. And she looks so much like Violet from the film! Also Sunny was fab.
Overall, I just really enjoyed the whole season. Yes, I binge-watched it. Yes, my family got pretty annoyed that I kept obsessing over it because none of them are Lemons 😦 I love the whole style of the show, how Snicket narrates, the music, the actors, the sly humour, even the costumes. So so hyped for season 2! Only another WHOLE YEAR to wait!