by ALEX BEGLEY
Netflix released the second season of its show A Series of Unfortunate Events. The show is based on Lemony Snicket’s book series of the same name and is further evidence of the success Netflix has adapting source material.
The second season followed up a well-received first series with more critical acclaim. Much of its success can be attributed to its great casting. Neil Patrick Harris, best known for his role as Barney Stinson on How I Met Your Mother, brings a fantastic performance as the antagonist Count Olaf. His presence on-screen is dominating and he manages to bring to life the zany and cartoonish villainy of Count Olaf. This is thanks in part to his Broadway background, including Hedwig and the Angry Inch.
The young Malina Weissman and Louis Hynes also put forth amazing performances, representing the siblings Violet and Klaus Baudelaire. Along with their baby sister, Sunny, they are the protagonists of the show. It is easy to immediately empathize and feel sympathetic for them which keeps you interested in watching them as they go on a long and tortuous journey. Joining them are a variety of interesting supporting characters, many of which are played by major guest starring actors, such as Will Arnett, Cobie Smulders and Nathan Fillion among others.
The stories’ unique combination of dark yet quirky humor is masterfully brought to screen. It provides a great show for kids while also having deeper life lessons behind its admittedly cheesy jokes. Snicket’s whacky characters and settings are mixed with real life struggles. Twisted motives, ignorance to wickedness, and even death are no strangers to the show. Yet it still remains comedic by almost making fun of its own depressing nature. The genius comes in that it is a story full of tragedy that keeps you searching for the hope that, despite everything, things will get better.
If you are searching for another show to binge watch on Netflix, A Series of Unfortunate Events is a good candidate. Let your inner child out, get a good laugh, and be grateful that its series of events have not befallen you.
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