I have never read the books nor seen the movie that came out in 2004. So the characters and story were completely foreign to me. And I can't really comment on how Neil Patrick Harris' performance compares to Jim Carrey's but I'd have to assume it would be hard for NPH to beat Jim Carrey at any character that plays multiple characters.
My main takeaway is that it's still very much a show for kids. I had heard all these talks about how it was more sinister and a darker telling of the original story. I thought that meant it would be a show for adults. It very much isn't. I think if you are eight to fourteen years old it will be awesome. Or if you are an adult that enjoys kids shows. It's probably too dark for really young kids but it's also too childish for adults. If you have a ten year old and you want to watch a show and bond this would be the one to choose.
It's well made. Quick paced, other worldly locations, and a good amount of jokes. I was interested enough in the secret society that I needed to know how it ended but also frustrated enough while watching that I wondered why I was still watching.
Patrick Warburton as Lemony Snicket was my favorite part. His performance and the way that character is written is great. The ongoing joke in the entire series is that everyone explains the definitions of words after saying them. Lemony does it non stop. The first couple times I laughed. Then it got annoying. Then I accepted it and laughed again.
It does have a nice formula. Every two episodes we are introduced to a new character and a new world. It keeps it moving nicely. Uncle Monty was awesome. Aunt Josephine was the fucking worst.
There are thirteen books. This first season was constructed so two episodes are one book, which means it covers the first four books. That makes me think Netlix plan is to make three or four seasons. Unless I really need something to watch I don't think I'll be tuning in for season 2. Far too frustrating.
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