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Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events

  • Comedy
  • Children's
  • 2004
  • Brad Silberling
  • 103 mins
  • PG

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.

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Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Count OlafJim Carrey
Aunt JosephineMeryl Streep
Lemony SnicketJude Law
Violet BaudelaireEmily Browning
Klaus BaudelaireLiam Aiken
Sunny BaudelaireKara Hoffman
Sunny BaudelaireShelby Hoffman
Mr PoeTimothy Spall
Uncle MontyBilly Connolly
Bald manLuis Guzman
Justice StraussCatherine O'Hara
White-faced womanJennifer Coolidge
DetectiveCedric the Entertainer
HenchmanCraig Ferguson
CriticDustin Hoffman

Crew

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DirectorBrad Silberling

Details

Theatrical distributor
UIP
Released on
2004-12-17
Language
English
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour

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