Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events

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A Movie Some Will Fortunately Love!

Violet (Emily Browning), Klaus (Liam Aiken), and Sunny (Kara Hoffman) live a charming and privileged life.  Each day filled with love, security, and a sense of well-being.  All of this comes to a screeching halt when their parents are tragically killed in a mysterious fire.  A distant relative comes to their rescue in the form of Count Olaf, (Jim Carey) an eccentric middle aged has-been who the children quickly come to find out is interested in one thing: their family fortune.  But that fortune can only be accessed when all the children are at least of age, or when they are all deceased.  Which one comes first may or may not be part of a series of Unfortunate Events!
 Whether you’ll like the 2004 film Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events will depend on one thing: if you read the books. If you did, you’ll feel like the movie was rushed, jumbled up, and made into a comedy when clearly it wasn’t meant to be one.  If you didn’t read the books you’ll love it and will find yourself entertained from beginning to end.  But either way, you won’t be able to argue about the casting! Jim Carey steals the show.  You’ll hate him, despise him, pity him, and loathe him all in the same 2 minutes. Also the three that play the Baudelaire children are brilliant child actors! Even the youngest, Sunny, pulls off the baby gargle with perfect timing.  A fun film for both the kids, and those who didn’t read the books!

Motherly Advice: I had my filters set on least for Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events.  The books are meant to be extremely dark and foreboding, but the movie has a lot of humor, thanks to Jim Carey, so that kids can watch it and get some giggles out of it.  But know that the film does still take on a dark feeling both in the cinematography and in the plot ie: the parents die as well as some other characters.  Which the younger kids might not quite understand, and the older kids might not like.  One part to watch out for that might scare the little ones is when the kids are on the lake and are attacked by killer leeches. Because of the darkness of the movie and the few scary parts I’d recommend this film for ages 10+.

Trisha~I wanted to read the books but now I feel fortunate that I didn’t, I loved this film!

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