A Series of Unfortunate Events on Netflix: How Neil Patrick Harris’ Count Olaf Be Better From Jim Carrey’s
Netflix is officially streaming a television adaptation of A Series of Unfortunate Events. And, according to one of the show’s main stars, Neil Patrick Harris, it will be a darker take on the story of the Baudelaires. But how can his version of Count Olaf be different from the performance by Jim Carrey in the 2004 movie adaptation of the book?
The movie recorded a critical success (especially with a star-studded cast that included Meryl Streep). But Carrey’s version of the antagonist, Count Olaf, received criticism. This is because it toned down the dark and somber mood of the story.
As the main villain of the story, the 2004 film did not present Olaf as a dangerous threat to the children. It appealed as a family movie. But it lost the spirit of the best-selling books in the process.
One way Netflix can improve adaptation of A Series of Unfortunate Events is to present Olaf as he should be. A criminal who stalks three orphans in order to siphon the family fortune.
Entertainment Weekly noted this in its review of the film in 2004. It wrote, “Olaf is a threat to the children, one who just won’t go away; Carrey’s biggest threat is that he’ll never stop clowning around.”
The upcoming small screen series promises to be darker than any other adaptation of the story. So, it sounds like Netflix seems on the right track. Of course, it helps that Daniel handler, the author of the popular children’s book, is on board the project as the screenwriter.
Moreover, the upcoming series will allow each book to be explored within two episodes. The biggest sin of the 2004 movie is it tried to compress A Bad Beginning, The Reptile Room and The Wide Window into a two-hour spectacle. That said, there will be more time to explore the unfortunate tale of the Baudelaire children in their new home in Netflix.
A Series of Unfortunate Events will drop on Jan. 13, 2017 on Netflix.
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