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|Lemony Snicket's a Series of Unfortunate Events |
Full Screen Edition
Actors: Jim Carrey, Jude Law, Meryl Streep, Liam Aiken, Emily Browning
Director: Brad Silberling
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy
In LEMONY SNICKET?S A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS, after Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire's parents perish in a terrible fire, they are placed in the care of their uncle, Count Olaf (Jim Carrey), an evil fiend who is p... more »
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Valarie R. (thegardener) from GARDEN GROVE, CA
Reviewed on 7/31/2014...
Having read the first three books (and more) that the movie is based on, I didn't know what to expect. You have the three young Baudelaire orphans who have gone through a tragic event, and then they are being hounded by the deadly Count Olaf. Could anybody make this into a film for kids? Yes.
In a movie that looks like Edward Gorey meets Roald Dahl, the story of the "woeful" Baudelaire children and the nefarious Count Olaf captures the very dark humor of the books and the ingenuity the children employ to escape deadly situations. Some of the distinct physical characteristics each of the children possess in the books (Klaus' glasses, Sunny's dress, Violet's braids) are discarded in the movie, but what is left is their very special gifts (Klaus' photographic memory of everything he's read, Sunny's very sharp cutting teeth, Violet's genius at inventing) that help them escape Count Olaf's clutches.
I had wondered how anyone could translate the murdering Count Olaf to the big screen. But when I saw Jim Carrey's Count Olaf, I knew there couldn't be anyone else. He captures the totally self-absorbed, ham-acting, and totally crazy Count Olaf. Sometimes, you find yourself laughing, sometimes frightened, and sometimes shocked at his joyfully bizarre behavior in his quest to get his hands on the Baudelaire fortune.
Match Jim Carrey's Count Olaf to Emily Browning's Violet, Liam Aiken's Klaus, and the twin's, Kara and Shelby Hoffman, baby Sunny and you have a perfect kids movie to rival some of Roald Dahl's very dark film adaptations ("Matilda", "The Witches", "James & the Giant Peach"). The rest of the cast was perfect as well -- Meryl Streep and Cedric the Entertainer in the same movie and it works!
Three technical things about the movie deserve special note. The make-up for Jim Carrey's Count Olaf was exceptional. I had to check the credits to make sure it really was Jim Carrey. Make-up won a well-deserved Academy Award. The production design didn't win an Oscar, but the world that was created in a studio seemed so real, yet so fairy tale-like that I am still noticing little special details. The soundtrack from the movie is one of my favorites and I still love it because it's just so quirky and really fits the movie. I still listen to it years later.
I highly recommend it.
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Hannah H. (Apollyn)
Reviewed on 3/18/2009...
I saw this movie when it was in theater's back in 2004. I was a fan of the series at that time and had high expectations for the movie production. Overall it wasn't to the caliber that I though it deserved, but it was enjoyable.
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Laurie N. (labarlr)
Reviewed on 5/25/2008...
Jim Carrey was great in this!
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