Lemony Snicket's A series of Unfortunate Events

2004 • 107 minutes
4.4
2.2K reviews
PG
Rating
Eligible
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Dear Viewer If you enjoy movies filled with singing rabbits, exploding spaceships, or cheerleaders, you are holding the wrong dvd entirely. This movie is extremely alarming, an expression which here means "a thrilling misadventure involving three ingenious orphans and a villionous actor named Count Olaf (Jim Carrey) who wants their enormous fortune." It includes a suspicious fire, delicious pasta, Jim Carrey, poorly behaved looches, Billy Connolly, an incredibly deadly viper, Meryl Streep, and the voice of an imposter named Jude Law. The only things that could make such a spectatcle more upsetting are special features, such a scommentary by me or outtakes involving nervous laughter. I am bound to continue my research into the lives of the Baudelelaire orphans, but you are free to seek lighter fare, like bleu cheese fondue. With all due respect, Lemony Snicket.
4.4
2.2K reviews
Kyle Vansteelandt
July 22, 2021
Based on the three intelligent, riveting books in the popular book series, Brad Silberling has brought this source material to life, and never have I seen a movie this brilliant and wonderful ever since "Little shop of horrors" (1986) and "Beetlejuice" (1988). Because this film is dark, dynamic, and hilarious. Robert Gordon (screenwriter) has provided some of the best writing I have ever witnessed from the screenplay to the dialogue. Brad Silberling (director) has structured this screenplay with such cerebral, well-wrought direction which by the way he did a phenomenal job staging the set-pieces. For sharp effect, his direction contains close-up shots, quick-cut editing for the most appropriate moments, effective timing that is well-planned and perfectly paced, and the nicely-utilized tone. Visually, it is a striking film of great art. The production design is astounding; the sets look so convincing, I mean, they were not real places, they have used sound stages and the backlot for the cities and towns. The costume designs including the makeup that the actors were wearing are incredible; they reflect the clothing of the characters from the books and the clothes and makeup are very fitting for the characters in terms of their characterizations. The score by Thomas Newman is about as whimsical and dynamic as the movie itself, not to mention that it add gravity to the emotion of the movie with no effort. The cast for this film did a fantastic job with their performances; Jude Law plays the narrator named "Lemony Snicket," the material of his delivery makes him sounds intriguing. The Baudelaire siblings are utterly likable and compelling, as they use their talents, brains, and teamwork to get themselves out of these calamities that they've got into. They are also sympathetic orphans that have lost their parents. Violet (Emily Browning) is the oldest of the siblings, and she can invent anything that she can set her mind to. Klaus (Liam Aiken) is Violet's younger brother, and he is a bookworm who has been reading thousands of books and remembers all of the information from the books. Sunny (Hoffman sisters) is the youngest of them all. She is an infant who has a habit of biting all kinds of things, and uses her sharp teeth for something that comes in handy. Sunny is one of the funniest characters in the film; there are subtitles that translate her babbling, she can even speak quite a bit which is cute yet hilarious at the same time, and her antics are well up to par. The Hoffman sisters ere one of the few toddlers that know how to act in films. Another thing that makes the siblings enjoyable is that they can have a forceful attitude towards the main antagonist: the wicked Count Olaf (Jim Carrey). This is Jim Carrey at his best here, because there is nothing silly or cringey, and he is at his funniest. What makes him so funny is that he can be unpredictable. As a character, he is one of the best most underrated villains I have ever seen. He is also one of the funniest characters in the film. Not only that Olaf is a hilarious stage actor, but as a villain, he is a nasty manipulative jerk with a threatening presence. His strong characterization even strikes an effective blend between horrific shock-value and surreal comedy that is witty. His goal is to get the enormous fortune that the Baudelaire parents left behind and enjoy it. He will stop at nothing until he gets the fortune and will do anything he can to get the fortune. The friendly guardians are truly supportive of the siblings. The script-writing, ideas, and dialogue for the storytelling, This film is possibly the smartest (most intelligent) film I've ever seen so far. And as far as entertainment goes, it's lengthy on delightful satisfaction due to it's eccentric black comedic nature that is whimsical and dynamic, and the excellent performances for their characterizations that makes them unforgettable. Brad Silberling's take on the riveting books is an intelligent, delightful diversion with unusually brilliant execution that is razor-sharp. Highly Recommended. 10+
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A Google user
January 3, 2019
The books were a beautiful piece of breathtaking literature and this monstrosity of a movie hacked away at them until there was nothing left but a few out of order scenes, terribly cast characters, badly costumed actors, and over all a movie that was a disgrace to the author. if you want to see a great version see the Netflix series it will serve as a much better film version of the amazing books but it you want to get the full experience read the books
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Athen P.
June 3, 2014
This movie is one of my favorite; a movie with mysteries and a humorous wicked twist to it. As always, Jim Carry never fails to make me laugh, and I will always be willing to rewatch it, no matter how many times I've already done so.
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