Every director has his own style of adapting a book into a film. While Tim Burton leans on a distinctive dark and loony approach, directors like Chris Columbus, Alfonso Cuaron and David Yates have kept the adaptations of Harry Potter magical and that can be watched by a child or an adult.
Under the narration of Jude Law, the first film adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s A Series Of Unfortunate Events had its individual charm. It was unique and managed to make its own niche without stooping to usual tropes of the action/ fantasy genre.
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 – whose evil guardian Count Olaf 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 parents’ 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).
There was something about Jim Carrey’s evil approach which completely lacks in Neil Patrick Harris. But what failed to suit him? Whether it is his well-known image of being a self-claimed awesome womaniser in How I Met Your Mother or if it was Jim Carrey’s long lasting, irreplaceable image — it is hard to tell
Although it was meant for entertainment, somehow ironically Netflix has been sharp and to the point while presenting the trailer of A Series of Unfortunate Events:
“Dear Viewer, We regretfully present you with the official trailer, a word which here means a collection of the unhappy happenings surrounding the lives of the three Baudelaire orphans and one despicable Count Olaf. For the sake of your mental well-being and overall enjoyment of your internet browsing experience, we recommend you search “cats playing instruments” immediately and spend the next 2 1/2 minutes watching a tabby in a t-shirt attempt to play a keyboard instead.”