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Lemony Snicket's A series of unfortunate events - Jim Carrey, Meryl Streep, Jude Law, Brad Silberling

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Movie propaganda

Mishaps. Mayhem. Misadventures. Oh joy.

Violet (Emily Browning), Klaus (Liam Aiken) and Sunny Baudelaire (Kara Hoffman, Shelby Hoffman) are three intelligent young children who receive terrible news that their parents have died in a fire and have left them an enormous fortune not to be used until the eldest child is of age. When they are sent to live with Count Olaf (Jim Carrey), a greedy distant relative, they soon learn he is trying to steal their fortune for himself.

Persons of interest

  • Jim Carrey .... Count Olaf
  • Meryl Streep .... Aunt Josephine
  • Jude Law .... Lemony Snicket
  • Emily Browning .... Violet Baudelaire
  • Liam Aiken .... Klaus Baudelaire
  • Kara Hoffman .... Sunny Baudelaire
  • Shelby Hoffman .... Sunny Baudelaire
  • Billy Connolly .... Uncle Monty
  • Catherine O'Hara .... Justice Strauss
  • Cedric the Entertainer .... Constable
  • Craig Ferguson .... Person of Indeterminate Gender
  • Luis Guzmán .... Bald Man
  • Timothy Spall .... Mr Poe
  • John Dexter .... Gustav
  • Wayne Flemming .... Captain Sam
  • Daniel Handler .... Author: The bad beginning, The Reptile Room, The wide window
  • Robert Gordon .... Screenwriter
  • Brad Silberling .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

Lemony Snicket's A series of unfortunate events is as unlike Harry Potter as Star wars is unlike Star trek: The motion picture. They're the same but different. Orphans are a popular theme, as are murdered parents, unsolved mysteries and magical places.

I liked this movie because it's dark and unhappy and cynical, which made Count Olaf's japery look out of place. Jim Carrey disguises himself quite well. The kids - Emily Browning, Liam Aiken and Kara Hoffman and Shelby Hoffman - are good at their characters but also let down by their characters, who are somewhat mono-dimensional. Violet likes inventing and nothing much else. Klaus likes reading and nothing much else. Sunny likes biting and nothing much else. At least Harry, Ron and Hermione all have different psychological issues to make things interesting.

I don't know why Jude Law voiced the narration because there was a perfectly good man acting Lemony Snicket on the screen, and I couldn't put Jude's famous voice together with someone else's body. It just didn't work. And it would've been nice to know in what country the story is set because there's a huge array of accents confusing the issue. Also, is it just me or does "Lemony Snicket" sound like the perfect name for an Arnott's biscuit?

Enjoy. Watch out for crumbs.

Security censorship classification

PG (Some scenes may frighten young children)

Surveillance time

108 minutes (1:48 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 16 December 2004
DVD rental: 25 May 2005
VHS rental: 25 May 2005

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