neil patrick harris as count olaf
one of the things i really appreciate about the new series of asoue is the quality of neil patrick harris’ acting.
neil is an excellent olaf, in my opinion, with a great balance of the hammy humour that is integral to the character and genuinely scary moments. one of the things i appreciated was the reveal of his plot to marry violet. unlike the film, i really felt that the realization that violet has in the book during this scene (that he isn’t just a drunken brute, he’s a clever drunken brute) was translated well onto the screen. but, more than being a good olaf, he also manages to give each of olaf’s disguises a personality of their own, while never losing the base olaf personality behind them.
he does more than just putting on different voices - he switches back and forth between the character of olaf and the secondary character he’s playing, and constantly has to remember everything about olaf’s character while he’s covering it up, and remember to let some of that show through.
i don’t know how to express this properly, but this reminds me a lot of helena bonham carter pretending to be hermione disguised as bellatrix. i think it’s outrageously clever to get this right, and definitely something that was improved on from the 2004 movie in my view. i felt that jim carrey went a little too deep into each of olaf’s characters, losing much of the base, but nph has got it just right - he’s still olaf, a character who is a poor actor acting another character.
tl;dr - neil i’m fucking impressed