Netflix has done it again, y’all.
Neil Patrick Harris, creepy visuals, frightening music, an amazing unibrow, and witty dialogue in the new original series from the video-streaming powerhouse are so engaging and inspiring that my wedding plans are evolving into something a bit more spooky. No it’s not Keeping Up With The Kardashians, it’s A Series of Unfortunate Events.
The first episode jumps off on a cloudy, grey beach day where we see three cute, unusually intelligent children playing a with new invention, which is aesthetically pleasing if you’re running on melancholy. While at the grim beach, the Baudelaire children — Violet, Klaus, and Sunny — learn that their parents have perished in a fire that also claimed their magnificent home. For those who don’t know, perish means to suffer complete ruin or destruction.
The narrator, Lemony Snicket, informs us that the story to follow is very cruel, sad, and that we should all turn back.
Of course, we didn’t.
As a high schooler, the intelligence of the three gifted kids are something to envy, but the sophisticated language will be difficult to understand … if you’re an idiot like the show’s main antagonist Count Olaf, portrayed by the brilliant and perfectly fitted Neil Patrick Harris.
Surprisingly, Neil Patrick Harris is still attractive with a receding hairline and bushy unibrow. This might bring a new trend to 2017, and we can’t wait to see Kendall Jenner rocking a Frida Kahlo brow.
“I told the kids to cry using their inside voices,” he says in the premiere episode, which sets the tone for his character throughout the series.
The first thing that caught my eye was the retro yet modern imagery. Combining that with the steampunk-ish tools and gadgets the children invent and use, is enough to keep anyone’s attention and spark their own imagination. The kids are inventive, therefore watching their creations to work are much more entertaining than watching my peers attempt to be original and funny on Musicallys.
Personally, the orphan’s intelligence without egotism is something we should all strive for.
Yes, it is clear that the Baudelaire children hold high intelligence, but most amazing of all is the youngest, Sunny, who can use her four sharp, baby teeth to cut anything better than the sharpest knife.
The outfits land a solid 10/10. Klaus is always donned in a white, collared shirt under a red, knitted sweater and khaki pants. If you’re a raging lesbian like me, than wearing clothing similar is always a confidence booster, and a straight-up lady killer. The eldest daughter wears a collared, pink dress with a cardigan, whereas the newly introduced guardian to the three children wears a high-collared, black coat with a scarf tucked into it. Whomever is styling this deserves an Emmy.
Toward the end of the first episode, The Bad Beginning: Part One, Count Olaf shines in his own song about himself. Playing the music are his henchmen in the shape of a bald man with hook hands, a tall man with a tiny violin, and eerie twins. The group’s performance is fantastic.
The irony throughout the episode, if one is paying attention closely, is hilarious in some of the darkest ways. Do yourself a favor, and go watch.