Movie Review: ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’

‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ is a 2004 adventure comedy film from the Lemony Snicket series (authored by Daniel Handler).

The story follows the journey of the Baudelaire children: 3 newly-orphaned siblings, and their quest to find a new home and loving family.

Warning the viewer right from the start that it’s ‘an extremely unpleasant story and best to stop watching now’, only adds to the fascination and sets the stage for a wonderfully dark, foreboding movie with a subdued humour.

 

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The orphaned Baudelaire children are Violet (Emily Browning), Klaus (Liam Aiken) and the ever-chomping infant Sunny (Kara and Shelby Hoffman), who rise to each looming disaster with tenacity and resourcefulness and steely wits.

 

Featuring a strong ensemble cast that includes Meryl Streep, Jude Law, Billy Connolly and Timothy Spall, it’s Jim Carey’s performance as evil Uncle Olaf that really steals the movie.

 

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Carey is in his element with plenty of larger-than-life characters and physical comedy.

 

Beautifully shot, the movie looks great. With the talented team of Production Designer Rick Heinrichs (‘Sleepy Hollow’) and Art Director John Dexter (‘Planet of the Apes’), the locations are superbly creepy.

 

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If you enjoy comedies with a dark tinge, I highly recommend this movie but warn parents that ‘An Unfortunate Series of Events’ could be a bit too scary for younger children.

Available on Netflix and here’s the official trailer for you to check out:

 

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