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Monday, June 23, 2008

Lemony Snicket: An Unfortunate Film


Based on the high-selling childrens books "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events" and released in 2004, this movie is a huge let-down. A friend of mine gave me three of the books in the series of 13 books - very early in the series. I read them, and even though they are written for prepubescent kids, I was taken in - the books are really cute (although I'm in no hurry to run out and buy the other 10). The movie, however, covered less material than I read in the 3 books I was given (which was a let down since I was looking forward to watching the movie to see what happened in the rest of the books). Perhaps there will be a sequel? I almost hope not.

The movie follows the Baudelaire children and their experiences after their parents die in a house fire, leaving the children as orphans. The Baudelaires travel from home to home, trying to escape the miserable Count Olaf who is out for their fortune, all the while experiencing a series of unfortunate events (such as murder, unwanted/underage marriage, and atrocious acting - all brought about by Count Olaf)... and that's it. Seriously.

Starring Jim Carrey as "Count Olaf", Jude Law as the voice of "Lemony Snicket", Billy Connolly as "Uncle Monty", Emily Browning as "Violet", Catherine O'Hara as "Justice Strauss", and Meryl Streep as "Aunt Josephine", "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events" has a strong cast. I was even pleased to see one of my favourite "lesser" actresses (Jennifer Coolidge) as a background character in this movie. You can only act with the script you're given, so I won't hold the poor quality of the movie against the cast (except for Jim Carrey, who never fails to raise my blood pressure). No, the cast was the only redeeming feature (especially Kara and Shelby Hoffman, who played the adorable little biter: "Sunny" - another set of Olsen twins coming up here?).


The movie will make you laugh, smile, and shudder... just... don't expect it to go anywhere.

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Dr. Rob said...

I aggee completely. The movie was disappoitment. It was bacially a series of unfortunate events.

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