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Lemony Snickets A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)

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Original Title : Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
Director : Brad Silberling
Writer : Daniel Handler
Robert Gordon (VII)
Genre : Adventure
Comedy/Family/Fantasy
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Scott Aversano , Minor Childers , Linda Fields (I) , Albie Hecht , Laurie MacDonald (I) , Michele Panelli-Venetis , Walter F. Parkes , Julia Pistor , Scott Rudin , Barry Sonnenfeld , Jim Van Wyck
Music : Thomas Newman (I)
Photography : Emmanuel Lubezki
Distributor : Paramount Pictures [us]
MPAA Rating : Rated PG
IMDB ID : 0339291
Official site : http://www.countolaf.com/
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Starring

Jim Carrey Count Olaf
Emily Browning Violet Baudelaire
Liam Aiken Klaus Baudelaire
Kara Hoffman Sunny Baudelaire
Shelby Hoffman Sunny Baudelaire
Timothy Spall Mr. Poe
Billy Connolly Uncle Monty
Meryl Streep Aunt Josephine
Catherine O'Hara Justice Strauss
Jude Law Lemony Snicket (voice
Cedric the Entertainer The Detective
Jamie Harris I
Luis Guzmán I
Jennifer Coolidge White Faced Woman
Jane Adams II
Craig Ferguson Person of Indeterminate Gender
Rosemary Garris Wedding Guest
Gilbert Gottfried Duck (voice
Alan Heitz Police Photographer
Michael Earl Lane Ferry Boat Captain
Deborah Theaker Mrs. Poe
Bob Clendenin Grocery Clerk
Lenny Clarke Gruff Grocer
Fred Gallo Judge Gallo
John Dexter III
Wayne Flemming Captain Sam
Paul Bunnell Wedding Guest (uncredited
Dustin Hoffman The Critic (uncredited
Jane Lynch Realtor (uncredited
Laura Orrico Extra (uncredited
Lidia Sabljic Woman in audience (uncredited
 

Plot

Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire are three intelligent young children who receive terrible news that their parents have died in a fire and have left them an enormous fortune not to be used until the eldest child is of age. When they are sent to live with Count Olaf, a greedy distant relative, they soon learn he is trying to steal their fortune for himself.
 

Comments

The film begins with a gentle introduction that quickly turns into a humorous, but noteworthy, disclaimer that the following film has dark underlying themes. The main characters are introduced (the three children) and almost instantly we are subjected to the news of the first in a series, or unfortunate events. The film is fast paced and sends the children from one unfortunate situation to another, with Jude Law doing a splendid job of narrating the story along the way. The children a likable and resourceful characters with good chemistry between the actors. You genuinely feel they care about each other and have a great desire to help each other out of these incredible situations. The real star of the show of course is Jim Carrey. This film provides the perfect platform for Mr Carrey to do what he does best, goof around and play over the top and outlandish characters. In this role Jim Carrey excels, never goofing off to much to undermine the credibility of the character, but being suitably over the top to convey the eccentric old count. Visually, the film is stunning, the sets look straight out of a Tim Burton film, the costumes are fantastic, the direction is splendid and does a fine job of progressing the story. The visual effects are tremendous and fit in with the tale perfectly, never distracting nor undermining. This film is quite dark for a children's film, but not dark in a sinister way, but dark in a spooky hallowe'en sort of way that kids love. Watching the film reminded me of reading Rhoal Dahl books as a child, with the over the top characters and out of this world situations. The plot of the film is fast paced, but contains good character development and plenty of action and adventure. I would recommend this film to children and adults alike.
 
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