Lemony Snickets A Series of Unfortunate Events
Adapted from the children’s novels by author Lemony Snicket, “A Series of Unfortunate Events” is a dark comedy about the misadventures of three gifted orphans: 14-year-old Violet (Emily Browning), 12-year-old Klaus (Liam Aiken) and infant Sunny (Kara and Shelby Hoffman). Narrated by Lemony Snicket (Jude Law), the story begins as the Bauedelaire orphans discover that their parents have perished in a fire that destroyed the family mansion. Parent-less and homeless, the children meet their new guardian: an eccentric relative named Count Olaf (Jim Carrey). The children quickly discover that Olaf only wants their substantial inheritance, even if it means arranging their deaths. The children use their unique physical and intellectual resources to escape Olaf, seeking shelter in exotic locales with other relatives including neurotic Aunt Josephine (Meryl Streep). But Olaf passionately pursues the children and their inheritance.
What I liked: Jim Carrey is amazing in this film with the characters he plays. I really think he should get nominated for an Oscar for his performance as Count Olaf. The other actors were very good also, especially Meryl Streep as Aunt Josephine. The humor from the infant Sunny, the one who bites things, was hilarious. She would speak in words you couldn’t understand and then the words she said would appear on the screen. Most of the time they were laugh-out-loud funny.
What I didn’t like: The whole story is pretty much a downer with Count Olaf trying to kill the kids for their money. I believe that young children would be frightened by many of the dark scenes. As the film states in the beginning through the narration by Lemony Snicket, this is a tale of unfortunate events and if you want a more upbeat film you can go see one about an elf in theater 2. So I was sufficiently warned.
Dove awards the Dove Seal to “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events,” but cautions parents with young children. Dove rates this film as a 12+.