Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events

Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events

Brad Silberling (2004)

103min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Harry Potter's literary rival Lemony Snicket receives a cinematic makeover with this visually inspired adaptation that combines the first three titles in the bestselling series. A darkly humorous gothic fantasy, it unfolds like a Grimm fairy tale as imagined by Tim Burton. In another of his wildly over-the-top performances, Jim Carrey plays the evil Count Olaf, an actor and master of disguise who's on a murderous mission to swindle three orphaned siblings out of their family fortune. Although Carrey disappoints, coming across as more silly than sinister, the children are fabulous. As they encounter everything from man-eating leeches to falling fridges, they demonstrate real talent and charm, with the toddler twins playing the youngest Baudelaire offspring a particular delight. Ultimately, the flawed feature lacks the depth and thrills of the Potter franchise but, thanks to its quirkiness and whimsical Victorian styling, the film's still an enjoyable affair.

Summary

Three orphans are entrusted into the care of their sinister uncle, a master of disguise who intends to kill them for the family fortune. Quickly realising he is up to no good, the children flee, moving from one prospective guardian to the next - but their wily relative is never far behind. Comedy adventure based on the children's books, starring Jim Carrey, Meryl Streep, Jude Law, Liam Aitken and Emily Browning, with Kara and Shelby Hoffman.

Cast & Crew

Count Olaf Jim Carrey
Aunt Josephine Meryl Streep
Lemony Snicket Jude Law
Violet Emily Browning
Klaus Liam Aiken
Sunny Baudelaire Kara Hoffman
Sunny Baudelaire Shelby Hoffman
Uncle Monty Billy Connolly
Mr Poe Timothy Spall
Justice Strauss Catherine O'Hara
Director Brad Silberling
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UIPAvailable on: video and DVDReleased on: 17 Dec 2004
Comedy Children's Drama