In case you haven't heard, Lemony Snicket's A Series Of Unfortunate Events is getting the live action treatment once again. Recently, a brand new teaser trailer dropped and it's everything you would have hoped for. Titled "Meet Count Olaf," Netflix has really delivered a terrific glimpse at what we can expect from this new version of the wonderful YA series.
Before we jump in, let's take a look at the trailer:
Today, we'll be breaking down the trailer to take a look at what makes Count Olaf such a unique and wonderful villain!
Olaf's Strange Fascination With The Baudelaire Children
One of the things I always found interesting about Count Olaf was his determination to make the lives of the Baudelaire children awful. He continuously chases them, doing everything he can to be in their lives and mess them up. From the very beginning of the trailer we hear "[Count Olaf] said specifically he was waiting very eagerly to get his hands on you." And from that forward moment we know that the Baudelaire children are in for a unfortunate series of events.
The Mysterious Clues About Who Olaf Really Is
A few seconds later we see a blueprint being unrolled; at the top of the blueprint it reads "EXT DR. MONTGOMERY MONTGOMERY." This is, of course, a map to Uncle Monty's house and, presumably, maze-like gardens. The children notice a symbol on the map, the same exact symbol that Count Olaf has tattooed on his ankle. A bit later in the trailer we also see a bald man, who I would guess is The Bald Man (one of Olaf's henchman), get lost in a hedge maze. It would make sense if Uncle Monty had planted these hedges in hopes of keeping people out, whether those people be seeking to harm the Baudelaire children or looking to steal Uncle Monty's research.
A Nod To Olaf's Many Disguises
One of the things the Count is best known for is his fondness for disguises. Throughout the series, Olaf has won dozens of disguises to trick those tasked with caring for the Baudelaire children. Typically the children see through these disguises yet the adults rarely manage the same feat. In the trailer we can hear Klaus say, "He's in disguise and trying to take us away."
We Learn Of Count Olaf's 'Charming' Traits
After establishing that Count Olaf is, in fact, a creep, we see several shots of Olaf from behind (as his face hasn't been revealed yet) while several characters discuss the evil man in voiceover. Someone calls him a "vile, terrible person" and another describes him as a "thief and a murderer" who has managed to completely evade arrest for all these years. We continue to get shots of the Count (all of which still cleverly cover his face) as words are thrown at us such as "villain," "wretch," "horrible," and "awful," all of which are clearly not compliments. This series of adjectives and the imagery of the Count, coupled with the dramatic music, really paints the kind of character we can expect from Neil Patrick Harris once the show debuts on Netflix in January.
The Big Reveal Of Count Olaf
In the closing moments of the trailer, Count Olaf is finally revealed in all of his, er, glory. Neil Patrick Harris quite literally steps out of the shadows and creepily tells the children, "You haven't the faintest idea." And with that the trailer closes with the title card and release date.
Personally, I'm very excited for A Series of Unfortunate Events. It's a wonderful series of books that deserves a faithful live-action adaptation. The only way to truly capture the spirit and depth of the world Lemony Snicket created is through a television series, and I'm glad Netflix has seized that opportunity as they have a phenomenal track record when it comes to producing content. I'm not entirely sold on the idea of NPH portraying Count Olaf — he just doesn't seem right to me — but I've been wrong about casting choices before and will go in with an open mind. After being introduced to Count Olaf through this teaser trailer, I'm definitely intrigued to see what else is to come.
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A Series Of Unfortunate Events comes To Netflix January 13th, 2017!