Based on the first book of the famous series by Lemony Snicket, A Series of Unfortunate Events is a huge Netflix success right now.
The story tells the strange and incredible adventures of the Baudelaire children after a mysterious fire that kills their parents, as they try to escape from the claws of a distant relative, Count Olaf, that is only interested in their inheritance, and will stalk them wherever they go.
I love the fact that this black comedy tells a story not in an ordinary way. If I have to think about just one word that can describe this series, the first word that comes to my mind is tragicomic. This is exactly how this entire series is! A mix of unfortunate events, told in a strange and ironic way. Here are my 5 funniest characters.
The White Faced Women
- I don’t know how they found someone so perfect for their role, but these two are just hilarious! 🙂 The amazing Jaqueline and Joyce Robbins play the role of two white faced twins, member of Count Olaf’s theater troupe. They always speak a few words, and they talk always at the same time, and move at the same time. The funniest thing about them is that they pop up in different situations and scenes very inexplicably.
- The banker in charge of the Baudelaire children is played by Kenneth Todd Freeman. Mr. Poe is amusingly unaware of deliver the children every time to a disguised Count Olaf and he is distinguished by a cough, that appears in the strangest situations.
- Neil Patrick Harris did a great work portraying the unscrupulous Count Olaf. The funniest part about the Count Olaf is that he always disguises himself, but it’s always clear that it’s him, and the children always find out about it immediately. And, he has some problems with grammar sometimes. 🙂
- Another distant relative to the Baudelaire children; she lives in an isolated old house on a steep cliff surrounded by the ocean. Aunt Josephine is played by Alfre Woodard, one of the best American actresses at the moment (she has been nominated for different roles for the Academy Award, the Grammy Award, and 18 times for the Emmy Awards, winning four of them, and she has also won a Golden Globe!). Aunt Josephine is hypochondriac and she has many irrational fears, she eats only cold food because she is afraid of lighting the stove and never turns on candles in the house. The fun fact about her is that she is obsessed with correct grammar and tend to correct everyone who’s talking and is spelling something the wrong way.
- Phil is a hilarious and extremely optimistic and friendly worker at the Lucky Smells Lumbermill; he will help the Baudelaire children during their stay there. He is portrayed by the English-born Canadian actor Christopher Gautier. When he’ll have an accident that injures his leg, he’ll continue being optimistic and he’ll say: “Oh Boy, half-price pedicures for life!”.