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Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events 2004

When a massive fire kills their parents, three children are delivered to the custody of cousin and stage actor Count Olaf, who is secretly plotting to steal their parents' vast fortune...

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:( I'm very upset and depressed about the new Lemony Snicket movie. I love the books, but they're not REALLY that funny. They're more emotional than comedic. That's why I'm upset, they're making the Lemony Snicket movie funny when it's not supposed to be. I could REALLY use some feedback, so feedback me please. Well...that's all for my first journal entry. Give my your thoughts on my site. Till next time, PEACE.
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events

For a movie that promises and delivers so much darkness, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events is a surprisingly joyous and lively experience. The movie is dark exactly when it needs to be, people die, kids are threatened with big butcher knives, etc.; it's all so deliciously entertaining, especially for a purported kids movie. Jim Carrey hits more than he misses as Count Olaf, but sometimes he seems too much like a stand-up comedian doing a simple, misplaced bit. Meryl Streep is gold, she steals the movie and had me laughing every minute she was on the screen. The two lead children, Liam Aiken and Emily Browning, lend their characters an element of intelligence that furthers their development and left me believing these characters had the potential to do anything. The third child is an infant, who is oddly and obviously CGI at certain points, there's also an annoying running gag with the baby speaking that could have been left out. Jude Law provides the narration and takes a little getting used to, but eventually becomes a non-issue.

The sets all seem very theatrical, creating a sinister fantasy world, which just enhances the film's message of showing the importance of finding a sanctuary in a world so terribly angst-ridden. The kids have great chemistry, the movie has heart and ends on a very meaningful and relevant note. The climax is not as solid as the rest of the film, including the thoughtful denouement; in fact, the climax is strangely and interestingly incestuous, but it features a little too much slapstick humor and is not as wondrous as anything that came before it. Small, but important, stumbles aside, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events is a smart, completely riveting entry into a pointedly dark world that will mix your cynicism with your heart and create one nice big bag of creepily infectious joy.
This movie loks F-A-N-T-A-S-T-I-C (Hehe, I haven't actually seen it yet, I'm seeing it this Friday when it comes out!) But, when I do see it, I'm going to review it, and I personally think that it's going to bump Harry Potter off the charts!
This movie will not be liked by everyone. But I liked it. I didn't read the books and am being held hostage to read Hitch-Hickers first, but I do want to read them now. Jim Carrey is at his best, but get this...he DOESN'T steal the show. For a movie to be able not to let Jim Carrey steal the show when he's at his best has got to say something.

One part that I didn't feel fit properly was a scene where the ribbon falls out of the typewriter. It is not all that bad because if you read the books (and this was explained to me), you realize that it is actually brilliant direction.

This movie was good for me, but not for everyone. Some may find it too dark, some may not appeal to it. You've been warned...asshole!

P.S. Jacob, you are exactly like Klaus, except you're a loser!!!! And you smell. HAHA! I RULE!!!
If you are looking for an easy to entertaining movie without much in the way of substance or ending, this movie is for you. Visually fascinating, the characters and plot plod along throughout. Comedy this is not. This movie is not for younger children, as my 6 year old was bored to pieces. Sensory stimulation and a chance to lose yourself for a couple of hours is the best that can be said for this movie.
a series of unfortunate events is a very good film with it's only flaws being it runs a little too long at 113 minutes and is a little slow but that doesn't ruin an otherwise very good film.
I have to preface this review by saying I loved these books by Daniel Handler. Even though they're meant for children, they're still funny and worth reading. The story follows the Baudelaire orphans Violet, Klaus, and Sunny, who lose both their parents in a tragic fire. They are then sent to live with their closest (in proximity) relative, Count Olaf (Jim Carrey). Of course, this was a tale of unfortunate events, so Olaf is an evil man who makes them do tons of chores and is only willing to be their guardian in order to retain their large inheritance. The movie is based on the first three of thirteen books so they really had to condense especially the first two (The Bad Beginning and The Reptile Room). They also decided to move the climax from the first book to the end of the film, along with several other changes. Jim Carrey is pretty funny as Olaf, Stefano, and Capt. Sham, although he is somewhat over the top as stated in some reviews, but that has somewhat to do with how he is written. Meryl Streep is perfect as Aunt Josephine, their grammatically correct scared-of-everything guardian. The effects and visuals are really terrific except for the CGI Sunny scenes. I also liked the films homage to The Littlest Elf at the beginning and Jude Law's narration. All in all, I wouldn't mind seeing the other books being made into movies, but maybe not cram so many into one movie.
There's spoilers in this, book and film.

I'm really torn about what to think. There were some things that I loved about the film and other things that were quite bothersome. I was extremely concerned before mainly because of Jim Carrey playing Count Olaf. I was worried that he'd be too Jim Carrey and not enough Count Olaf. He didn't portray Count Olaf exactly how I imagined, but I expected him to be so much worse, so I'm okay. He wasn't quite as sinister as Count Olaf should be, but he was close enough I guess. Only Johnny Depp could actually pull off Count Olaf anyway and I guess it's unrealistic to have him play every single eccentric character in the world.

The other characters were great. The whole look of the film, the characters and set design, was dead-on. So much of it was freakishly similar to how I pictured things. Except for Klaus. The kid who plays Klaus did fine, but I always pictured Klaus WITH GLASSES. But everything else was fantastic.

The film was overall Snicketesque. The tone and the humour were like the books, so I'm happy with that. What bothers me is they really changed a lot. They switched things around and often strayed from the story. I knew it was going to be difficult to make a film adapation and the minor things they changed are completely forgiveable and understandable. The story was rushed, but that usually happens with films based on books. But there really were a lot of major changes, most of which I don't think were necessary. What the hell was with the train sequence? Why was the end of the first book randomly shoved in after the third book? Why couldn't they have gotten rid of the fake train sequence and stuck it in it's proper place? Why do people claim to know the Baudelaire's parents when as far as we know, they've never met them?

I suppose they got the main points down in the end and it could've been a lot worse. The random appearance of the Aflec duck was brilliant. I'm extremely excited about The Littlest Elf. It's such a minor detail, but a completely fantastic one and I'm shocked that they actually put it in the film. The end credits also kicked ass. Anyone who doesn't stay for all the credits is missing out on the best music EVER. And I'm also very happy that Lemony Snicket ran out of ink when Sunny got eaten by the snake, another completely fantastic minor detail in the book that I'm surprised they did something with (he doesn't run out of ink, but he goes off on some spiel about I forget).

The ending was...dumb...but I guess they needed some type of conclusion.

I took my kids to see this flick, it was great..My kids loved it . I thought the kids where great actors.Jim carey was amazing.
It was dark and a little slow at first..Its not really for young kids. More for a bit older kids,this was my style, my son wants to see it I guess after seeing Santa tommorow we will go see it again.
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