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"Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events" Movie Review

Updated on July 5, 2014

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"Three children: Violet (Emily Browning, "Sucker Punch"), Klaus (Liam Aiken, "Good Boy"), Sunny (Kara and Shelby Hoffman, "General Hospital") find themselves suddenly made orphans when their parents die in a fire. They're forced to be placed under the care of their closest guardian. Count Olaf (Jim Carrey, "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind") is their closest relation distance wise (for some reason the manager of their estate assumes closest means someone who lives the closest to them not the relative they get along the most with), but they haven't met him before and quickly realize he's only after their fortune and is an abusive and cruel man."

Film Rating

3 stars for "A Series of Unfortunate Events"

A Review of "A Series of Unfortunate Events"

This isn't a bad movie, which might make my rating of three stars seem a little confusing. In comparison to the series it's based on it is missing something and quickly plows through three of the books in the series to make up the plot. This is my reason I didn't rate it higher. It's a shame they couldn't have made each book into a movie. This is my only real disappoint with this movie. Other than that I find this movie abstract and entertaining. It's hardly the best movie. It has a dark element that's fun and plenty of dark humor.

Three children: Violet (Emily Browning, "Sucker Punch"), Klaus (Liam Aiken, "Good Boy"), Sunny (Kara and Shelby Hoffman, "General Hospital") find themselves suddenly made orphans when their parents die in a fire. They're forced to be placed under the care of their closest guardian. Count Olaf (Jim Carrey, "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind") is their closest relation distance wise (for some reason the manager of their estate assumes closest means someone who lives the closest to them not the relative they get along the most with), but they haven't met him before and quickly realize he's only after their fortune and is an abusive and cruel man. The movie follows them being moved from two other guardians once they are removed from Count Olaf's care and Olaf continues to chase them to get at their fortune.

It is an entertaining movie like I said and if you never read the book series you will be able to enjoy this movie no complaints. If you are a fan of the books you may find the movie sadly lacking much of what was spectacular of the books. The general idea of the books is here, but the movie tries to make the children very gothic appearing versus hyper intelligent and skilled like they were in the book series. The children also always used a library to save themselves from the dire situations they found themselves in and in here the only library that's used is Klaus's memory of their family library. In the books they had to literally do research in a different library to figure out what Count Olaf's scheme was to try to steal their fortune away from them. I do like the gothic theme and style choice for this movie. I just wish the focus on libraries and education and reading had been more prevalent in the movie, since the books tried really hard to put it out there that reading was a good thing to do for young people and that it might save them in the course of their lives.

The best parts of the movie is definitely the style and the music. I know I griped about the a little, but it is a very good element that sets the movie apart and makes it that much stranger. It sadly does seem like they're trying to make the movie like Tim Burton fare when it's not, but I did read that Tim Burton had been in talks to direct it so that might have been why it looks like the inside of Tim Burton's head. The music was great and is a very enjoyable score to listen to even on it's own. My favorite part with the music is the end credits where there's an animated sequence of the children fleeing from Count Olaf. This movie has hands down the best end credits sequence I have ever seen in a movie. The only downside to it was it made me wish the whole movie had been animated in the style of the end credits! The acting is pretty good and I appreciate that they chose Jim Carrey to play Count Olaf so he would come off as at least a little funny instead of only cruel, as that wouldn't be entertaining to any children. That being said it is also good for children to be made aware that there are Count Olaf type people in the world instead of having parents gloss over the world for them. Small children shouldn't read The "Series of Unfortunate Events" Series or watch this movie, but older children and young adults will be able to enjoy both the books and movie.

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Who is this movie for?

I'd say older children and teens will be able to appreciate this movie the most. I saw this movie when I was in middle school and loved it. I started reading the book series when I was either in fourth or fifth grade, so maybe around that age would be good for children to be able to watch the movie and understand it the most. Younger children might find some elements scary or not understandable, but may find some parts funny. It's entirely up to the parents if they would let their children watch this movie. It is rated PG so parents of younger children can keep that in mind.

This movie is comparable to "Edward Scissorhands", "The Brothers Grimm", "The Spiderwick Chronicles", and "The Thief Lord". If you liked any of these movies you will likely enjoy "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events".

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