Lemony Snicket's A Series Of Unfor
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Dear Viewer, If you enjoy movies filled with singing rabbits, exploding spaceships, or cheerleaders, you are holding the wrong DVD e ntirely. Th is movie is extremely alarming, an expression which here means "a thrill ing misadventure involving three ingenious orphan s and a villainous act or named Count Olaf (Jim Carrey) who wants their enormous fortune." It i ncludes a suspicious fire, delicious p asta, Jim Carrey, poorly behaved leeches, an incredibly deadly viper, Meryl Streep, and the voice of an i mpostor named Jude Law. The only things that could make such a spectacl e more upsetting are special features, such as commentary by me or outta kes involving ne rvous laughter. I am bound to continue my research into the lives of the Baudelaire orphans, but you are free to seek lighter f are, like blue cheese fondue. With all due respect, Lemony Snicket]]>
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Does this do that? Yes and no.
The central plot elements of the books are there: the greedy Count Olaf who wants to steal their fortune; the bumbling Mr. Poe who can't seem to understand anything; Uncle Monty, who makes them feel at home for the first time since losing their parents; and their Aunt Josephine, who is afraid of so many things - radiators, ovens, falling refrigerators, and, of course, realtors.
However, the movie moves rather quickly to the second book, skirting swiftly around the first book and inserting a segue that didn't happen in any book to cause the movement. I was puzzled by this. There were other liberties taken, but as I ruminate over them, they seem rather insignificant. The resolution of Uncle Monty's "scene" was nearly identical to the one in the book, as was the resolution to the "scene" featuring Aunt Josephine. As I said, the central plot elements remained the same.
In an interesting and altogether understandable move (as it was the most intriguing filmable climax), the ending of the first book was made the ending of the movie.
All of the sets were well created: Olaf's, Monty's, Josephine's home - and even the ruined Baudelaire mansion. They were believable and well done.
Some of the actors seemed out of place, particularly the ones playing Mr. Poe and Klaus. I don't understand why they were so far removed from their physical descriptions in the book. Surely finding someone taller to play Mr.Read more ›
Each time I watch it, I am even more awestruck by the craftsmanship, creativity, and flawless presentation. I love movies, however, this is one of only four films I own because it actually has replay value. The creative accomplishments of A Series of Unfortunate Events are rare amongst ANY artform. So, despite any shortcomings there may be in the plot, characters, etc., I have to give it five stars.
Many movie-goers, especially those with children, seem to be exclusively interested in moderation. That's why so many people are put-off by the dreary atmosphere, Jim Carrey's indulgent "over-acting," or the apparent simplicity of the story. If you are one of those people, that's not a bad thing, you like what you like...but I hope the day comes when your interest in such moderation is overcome by a startling artwork or life experience. And if you ever do gain more appreciation for less penetrable and more extreme things, I invite you to give this film another chance.
There are three types of expectations that seem to plague viewers' misunderstandings about this film:
1.Many reviewers here mention that the movie isn't funny, but seems to be billed as a comedy. And, hey! There's Jim Carrey! He's a comedian and he's acting all goofy, this movie is supposed to be funny! Wrong. There are some silly parts that are worth a giggle. But just because the movie is odd and tongue-in-cheek, that doesn't mean it is trying to be funny.Read more ›
The movie is based on a seris of books. There are 13 in the seris overall, but only 11 have been written. This movie covers three of the books. "The Bad Beginning," "The Reptile Room," and "The Wide Window." I've read the books, and the movie covers the basic idea, but not word for word, and we jump the first book to the second to the third and back to the first again. We begin with the voice of Lemony Snicket at his typewriter, writing the story of the three Baudelaire children. There is Violet, who loves to invent, and whenever she is getting ready to invent something, she ties a ribbon to get the hair out of her eyes.Read more ›
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After reading the book the movie was a disappointment to my kids. Entertaining enough but not our favorite movie at all.Published 1 day ago by Kyle A.
This is a funny, tragic story. Loads of detail and fantasy. The antagonists are exceptionally devious and funny. Jim Carrey makes an exceptional villain.Published 6 days ago by Janice Y. Lawrence
A quirky story based on a great book. Classic Jim Carrey in multiple roles.Published 6 days ago by Robert F. Essmann
Too much Carrey, plus two children who can't act. Emily Browning was particularly awful.Published 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
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