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  • Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events
    • Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events
    • Runtime:108 min
    • Release Date:2017-01-16 21:46:29
    • Director: Brad Silberling
    • Genres: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
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MOVIE REVIEW:Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events


*** This review may contain spoilers ***

I really, really, really liked this movie. I have read all 13 books,
and while they may not be as good as Harry Potter or Narnia, they're
still very entertaining reads. Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate
events is based on the first three books in the series. And I'll say it
without hesitation, this is one of the best book to movie adaptations
I've ever seen.

I'm serious, they follow the books really well, from Sunny proving that
the snake didn't kill Uncle Monty, to including the wedding, even if it
took place at the end.

The acting is really good. I think Jim Carrey does Count Olaf very
well. Although he might have gone a little too overboard on the comedy
side, he needed a little more menace. The three leads were great, I
feel Emily Browning and Liam Neeson are two very under-appreciated
actors. The twins playing Sunny do well too, as well as Orlaf's
henchman and Mr. Poe played by Timothy Spawning.

Plus the production design is fantastic, this is a very cool looking
film. And while I can't say it's perfect, it is a fun, funny, and
likable film that hopefully one day will get more recognition.


I saw this film before I read the books and it is definitely something
that you can enjoy. It is not too kiddy, nor too serious enough to not
make you have fun. The grim atmosphere along with terrific performances
from Emily Browning as Violet and a solid performance (though can get
slightly annoying) from Jim Carrey as the menacing Count Olaf.

After I did read the first three books in which the film is based on,
you do see how the film does take away a lot of the depth each book had
and how it developed the characters a lot. After reading the whole
series, you can start to see serious problems if they are going to make
sequels. In particular, as the film at the end reveals how the whole
fire burning started (this isn't a spoiler), it sort of reveals the
whole mystery when you slowly start to discover this in the books later

Nevertheless, I enjoyed this film immensely. The humour adds to the
film a comic relief when it is a dark tale of three kids who become
orphaned and have a villainous Count Olaf after their fortune. I
particularly enjoyed Meryl Streep as Aunt Josephine as the woman who is
practically scared of everything made to mad kind. The three main kids
are charismatic and have chemistry with one another, though they could
have made Klaus a bit more book wormy – they left out his glasses.

The main problem is that the first three books are rushed in the film,
and then it feels simply they are moved to one guardian to another,
though you expected that in the novels. So it does become slightly
predictable as to what will happen next. What you wait for is to see
how clever the Baudelaire children are at escaping from Olaf's crutches
each time and what sort of new plan they come up with.

I also loved the narration from Jude Law acting as Lemony Snicket. His
voice, which is immediately recognisable adds something to it. I also
thought the opening sequence was hilarious and definitely captured the
tone of the book – the happiest little elf scene had me wondering if
this was the right movie hahaha lol. Also, stick around for the credits
because it is a brilliant piece of animation that you will just admire.

If there is a sequel, I'm not sure how they can keep squishing a lot of
books into one film, but as long as they have the main actors it will
definitely be worth a watch.

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