Netflix brings to audiences the third season of A Series of Unfortunate Events, the classic children’s book. The third season is the follow up to the series and has new characters and all the old ones. Here’s our review of the third season of A Series of Unfortunate Events
In the third season, the Baudelaires are still trying to escape the clutches of Count Olaf, who’s coming up with newer schemes to usurp their property. He has a couple of new henchmen now and the incidents at a higher level. In the third season, the creators also provide more information about Count Olaf, which makes him a grey character and not the out and out antagonist that he was in the past two seasons.
What’s Wow: Modern film makers have besmirched the concept of absurd cinema – a screenplay with whacky, unbelievable elements that finally has a high concept that’s deeply rooted in logic. With A Sequence of Unfortunate Events, audiences can get a good idea of what absurdist cinema is – and it is not the ‘keep your brains at home’ entertainment.
In the third season, which has a fast, twist-a-minute screenplay, every other scene is a mirror to society – of yore and now. The underlying aspects of the original books are brought out in the series – that good-meaning people can ruin the situation – sometime by helping and sometimes by not helping at all.
Like every children’s story, A Series of Unfortunate Events puts the kids in a sympathetic position and should make all grownups think as to how seriously they take kids. With a moral compass firmly in place, the protagonists of A Series of Unfortunate Events are memorable, and their actions are heart-warming, even in the most modern scenario where good is lame and black is in. The third season also is a bit heavier on the fantasy aspects and that’s always a good thing.
Under all this, though, there is an underlying message that’s as relevant as its timeless – that we have problems and they are ours – we must solve them, even when the odds are stacked against us. That’s a powerful statement that should go out to every human being – not just kids. The performances are great, over the top all around – as they should be in an absurdist fantasy. Neil Patrick Harris stands out and does justice to the type of character he plays and his casting.
A Series of Unfortunate Events is one of the few fictional pieces that have a bitter-sweet, satisfying ending. The ending leaves the audience wistful about the future of the Baudeldaire children.
What’s Blah: Nothing
Parting Shot: A Series of Unfortunate Events is a must watch for those who like fantasy fiction. It does a great job of bringing the books to screen.
Cast: Neil Patrick Harris, Patrick Warburton, Malina Weissman, Louis Hynes, Presley Smith, Tara Strong, K. Todd Freeman, Usman Ally, John DeSantis, Jacqueline Robbins, Joyce Robbins, Avi Lake, Dylan Kingwell, Chris Gauthier, Dylan Kingwell, Matthew James Dowden, Lucy Punch, Kitana Turnbull, Nathan Fillion, Allison Williams, Roger Bart, Robbie Amell, Kevin Cahoon, Bonnie Morgan
A Series of Unfortunate Events Season 3 is now streaming on Netflix