Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events

Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events

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Director: Brad Silberling

Cast: Brad Silberling, Jim Carrey


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The best-selling series of subversive children's books from author Lemony Snicket (aka Daniel Handler) come to the screen in this black comedy for the whole family (and how often do you get to see one of those?). The Baudelaire siblings -- gadget freak Violet (Emily Browning), bookworm Klaus (Liam Aiken), and baby Sunny (Kara Hoffman and Shelby Hoffman) -- were living


The best-selling series of subversive children's books from author Lemony Snicket (aka Daniel Handler) come to the screen in this black comedy for the whole family (and how often do you get to see one of those?). The Baudelaire siblings -- gadget freak Violet (Emily Browning), bookworm Klaus (Liam Aiken), and baby Sunny (Kara Hoffman and Shelby Hoffman) -- were living a fairy-tale existence with their parents until they died in a fire that destroyed the family home. With few close relatives and a large fortune the children won't inherit until they reach adulthood, the Baudelaire children are left in the care of the peculiar Count Olaf (Jim Carrey), an out-of-work actor who would love nothing more than to get his hands on the kids' money. It doesn't take long for the children to figure out that Count Olaf is up to no good, and they try to steer clear of his various murderous schemes with the help of wildly paranoid Aunt Josephine (Meryl Streep) and snake-fancying Uncle Monty (Billy Connolly). Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events also features Catherine O'Hara, Timothy Spall, Cedric the Entertainer, and Luis Guzman; Jude Law narrates in the guise of author Snicket.

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Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
It is Daniel Handler’s nom de plume, Lemony Snicket, above the title, but this mostly fortunate adaptation of three Snicket books (The Bad Beginning, The Reptile Room, and The Wide Window) leans weightily on Jim Carrey’s cinematic shoulders. Carrey is perfect as the despicable actor Count Olaf, hamming it up in a series of guises that figure in his continuing schemes to deprive the Baudelaire orphans of their parents’ fortune. The film's cautionary prologue ingeniously captures the subversive spirit of Snicket's macabre misadventures; it's a wonderful piece of stop-motion animation, right out of Rankin-Bass, in which "The Littlest Elf" prances about in celebration of springtime. Alas, narrator Snicket (Jude Law) informs us, this is not the cheerful film we are going to see. The Baudelaires' story is much more alarming. Described as "clever and reasonably attractive," Violet (Emily Browning), Klaus (Liam Aiken), and infant Sunny (Kara and Shelby Hoffman) survive every deadly predicament Count Olaf can concoct. The cast also includes a boisterous Billy Connolly and a delightful Meryl Streep as ill-fated guardians who are not so lucky in their encounters with Olaf. Director Brad Silberling avoids the slavish-devotion-to-the-text formula that diminished the first two Harry Potter films, although the decision to subtitle Sunny's gurgles and coos with contemporary slang ("Bite me") smacks of pandering. Parents may appreciate that some of the more "extremely unpleasant" incidents in the books (notably a climactic marriage) have been toned down, but the PG-13 rating is accurate. The Academy Award winner for Carrey’s makeup, the film was also justly nominated for its dazzling production design, and the animated end credits are among the best in recent years, too.
All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
When it's the story that makes a book special, it can often be adapted successfully into a film, as one narrative medium morphs smoothly into another. But when a book's most valuable aspect is its prose style, filmmakers should be warned that they will be hard-pressed to recreate the virtues of their source material. That's the problem with Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, a cinematic version of the first three books in an entire cash-cow line by Daniel Handler, aka "Lemony Snicket." The snide lamentations and morose asides of the author's ironic style make the Snicket books a hoot, but these are not visual qualities and not easily translatable. That leaves director Brad Silberling and screenwriter Robert Gordon able to render only the physical features of the books' Gothic settings. The result is a sort of Tim Burton-lite that looks superb but is too scary for tots, but not quite funny enough for their parents. Despite heavy lifting on the part of a terrific cast that includes Jim Carrey and Meryl Streep, Jude Law as narrator, and a breakout performance by Australian actress Emily Browning as Violet, the tone ends up too affected and dark without the ameliorating effects of Handler's omniscient, mordant voice.

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Performance Credits
Jim Carrey Count Olaf
Timothy Spall Mr. Poe
Catherine O'Hara Justice Strauss
Billy Connolly Uncle Monty
Meryl Streep Aunt Josephine
Luis Guzman Bald Man
Jamie Harris Hook-Handed Man
Craig Ferguson Person of Indeterminate Gender
Jennifer Coolidge White Faced Woman No. 1
Jane Adams White Faced Woman No. 2
Cedric the Entertainer Constable

Technical Credits
Brad Silberling Director
Colleen Atwood Costumes/Costume Designer
Scott Aversano Co-producer
Minor Childers Co-producer
Bill Corso Makeup
Pud Cusack Sound/Sound Designer
Tony Fanning Art Director
Elizabeth Greenberg Casting
William Hawkins Art Director
Albie Hecht Executive Producer
Rick Heinrichs Production Designer
Linda Hill Associate Producer
Michael Kahn Editor
Avy Kaufman Casting
Richard King Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Lantieri Special Effects Supervisor
Emmanuel Lubezki Cinematographer
Laurie MacDonald Producer
Thomas Newman Score Composer
Valli O'Reilly Makeup
Michele Panelli-Venetis Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Walter Parkes Producer
Julia Pistor Executive Producer
Robert Gordon Screenwriter
Scott Rudin Executive Producer
Barry Sonnenfeld Executive Producer
Jim Van Wyck Producer
Martin Whist Art Director
Kevin Yagher Makeup Special Effects
Robert Yeoman Cinematographer


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Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 56 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love A Series of Unfortunate Events and right after I finished reading The Bad Beginning, a commercial for the movie was on TV. I was so excited to know that Jim Carrey was playing Count Olaf. The movie was good, but they left out many things. They also added more toil for the Baudelaire orphans in that train scene. It was a pretty good scene though. I thought the movie was so good, I saw it four times! Can't wait for the sequel, a word which here means, 'the next chapter in A Series of Unfortunate Events.'
Guest More than 1 year ago
I never heard of the book series until I saw the trailer for the film. The trailer looked cool and reminded me of something from a Tim Burton movie (I think maybe because in the trailer they used a song from Edward Scissorhands?). Anyway, I read the first three books that the film was based on and loved it. This is the story of the Baudelaire siblings as they go from house to house after a house fire and are being followed by their dreadful Count Olaf. Sunny was adorable, Klaus was sweet and Violet was pretty. I would totally love for a sequel. The film did seem a little rushed though short. It seemed that maybe they tried to put as much as they could in the film but maybe they should of I don't know took their time in making it or done something differently? Overall I though the film was good and loved the costumes and setting. Read the books first then see the film. Its a good film for the kids.
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CheesyPrincess More than 1 year ago
A Series of Unfortunate Events is a movie based on the first three books in the book series that goes by the same name, the series written by Lemony Snicket. The movie starts off with the wealthy Baudelaire children who are playing on the beach one day, when their banker, Mr. Poe comes to deliver them some dreadful news. Mr. Poe tells the three Baudelaires that their parents passed away in a fire that burned down the beautiful Baudelaire mansion. The Baudelaire children, now also the Baudelaire orphans, are heartbroken when hearing the news. However, Mr. Poe wastes no time in finding a new guardian for the orphans. The orphans are sent to live with their distant uncle Count Olaf. But Count Olaf makes the orphans work hard all day and humialates them in front of his mean-spirited theater troupe. By now, the orphans realize they might hav e to use their unique talents to get themselves out of trouble. Violet, who was 14, had the gift of inventing; Klaus, 12, had read tons of books in his lifetime and knew much information from the books; Sunny, the infant, could chew and bite harder than anyone else the orphans had ever known. When Count Olaf tries to kill them later on, they combine their talents to save their own lives. Mr. Poe sees Count Olaf as an unfit guardian for the Baudelaires, so Mr. Poe places them in the care of their Uncle Monty. Monty is kind and caring toward the children and makes them feel at home. But out of nowhere, Olaf shows up disguised as Monty's new assistant. When he gets the chance, however, Olaf tries to whisk away the orphans but is caught by Mr. Poe. Something similar happens with their next guardian, Aunt Josephine. Soon, the orphans find themselves tugged into one unfortanate event after another. In general, i think this was an excellent movie that deserves a total of four stars. Everyone did astounding acting in the movie. When you are watching the movie, you won't be able to think of anything but the movie; the movie and story was so captivating. I would recommend this movie to anyone who read the series or part of it, or to someone who is looking for a movie that has a different, unique story from other movies; this movie is for you. I know you will enjoy this movioe as much as I did!!!!!!!!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this movie!!!!!!!!!!! I loved it so much that I went to see the movie the next day. It had me laughing all the way through.Better than Harry Potter, it was too serious and I slept through it , which I never do in a movie. My mom and dad both hated Harry Potter, but they liked Lemony Snicket alot better,they laughed just as much as I did. Lemony Snicket had humor,action,adventure,and darkness all in one! I've never seen a movie with an unhappy ending and they managed to pull it off perfectly! This is an Oscar worthy movie. I'm a huge fan of the books and havn't read them once, but twice. I can't wait until the next set comes out! ( The Miserable Mill, The Austere Acadamy, and The Ersatz Elevator). Also the new characters:Vice Principal Nero, Carmelita Spatts, Esme Scoulor, and the Quagmire Triplets. If Brad Silberling doesn't direct, who will? Maybe Tim Burton? The DVD is coming out the day before my Birthday, April 27. The perfect gift to ask for either my birthday or your birthday.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When first hearing of this, I then started to read The Bad Beginning, The Reptile Room, and The Wide Window. They were pretty good books and the characters seemed interesting. The movie was alright but skipped some scenes and switched the events in a different order. Jim does make a good Count Olaf though.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LOVED the gloominess of the movie,and yet above all the darkness there was still humour! I liked how you can't really tell what year it is,which makes it so much fun! It's a movie the WHOLE family can watch,REALLY!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this movie is sooooooooo awesome I've read all of the books can't wait for the twelfth looks soooooooo awesome
Guest More than 1 year ago
well, i did not read any of the lemony snickets books, and when i saw this movie, i thought i was going to hate it! but, it turned out... i loved it! i like it better than Harry Potter almost! it is both funny and sad at the same time. i saw it twice. i can't wait for the DVD !!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the #1 movie of the year. Taking home the Academy award for best acheivment in make-up. The story revolves around the three extremely rich Baudelaire orphans. One day at Briny Beach Mr.Poe comes to them and explains that their parents have perished in terrible fire that burnt their house to the ground. Soon the orphans are whisked into the care of the evil Count Olaf (Jim Carrey)He and his acting troupe try over and over to take their fortune which Violet the oldest orphan will inherit at 18. Olaf tries killing them and they are whisked away to their uncle Monty and then Aunt Josephine. Then comes Olafs worst plot yet to steal the fortune their parents left behind. Siberling pulls it over again with another amazing movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i read all the books and i watched the movie it is sooooooo good and i cant wait for the 12 book im going to get the dvd the first day
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ok, so I've read every one of the books before I went to see the movie. I was really hyped to go see the movie and I even skipped school to see the first showing of it the day it came out. When the movie started I could already tell that the movie was moving way to quickly. They started out with the first half of the first book and then did a very vague version of the second book. After that they did the third book with almost no details from the book and adding things that shouldn't have been in the movie. And last, they took the second half of the first book and completely ruined it. They added things into the movie that didn't come into the books until much later books. It ended on much happier note than it should have. All in all it is a very good movie by itself but if you have ever read the books you will be so disapointed you will cry for days on how horrible it was. It was the worst adaptation of anything I had ever seen. P.S. (if I was able to i would have given this movie no stars)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read all the books in the Series of Unfortuante Events and fell in love with the movie! The best in it by far all Jim Carrey (Count Olaf) and Emily Browning (Violet) A great movie but mabye a little scary for kids under the age of 5.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Before I saw the movie I never read any of the books so when i saw it I had no clue of how it compared to the books. After I saw it I read every sinlel book and realized that yes it was all mixed up and had a feww things left out and added in, but it was still one of my favorite movies of the year and I think it deserved many more oscars than the one it was awarded.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was very, very, very impressed by this movie. I have read all eleven books and was very much anticipating the movie. I was not disapointed! Many think it was a horrible movie because it did not follow the books to the very last detail, but that is truly riddiculus. If you are a true fan of the books then you will love the story any way that it is told, no matter how much they took out or how much they added in. Many other movies are completely changed but many are not concerned with it. The acting was also Astonishing! Outstanding! Miraculous! Jim Carrey was excellent as the frightning Count Olaf and the four (Emily Browing-Violet , Liam Aiken-Klaus , Kara and Shelby Hoffman-Sunny)who played the Baudelaire children could not have been chosen better. See or buy this movie no matter what people say. But I say it was the best movie of the year!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think it is great. I watched it and I loved it!!! I think it is the best movie I ever saw.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this movie is alright. but it just flat out stinks to the point. I love jim carrey but not this movie
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events is a guaranteed great family film that is sure to hold anyone’s attention. The fast paced movie has you wondering what will happen next to the charming young orphans as they move from relative to relative after the malicious Count Olaf in disguise annihilates each person they stay with. The actors in the movie could not have been better cast. Jim Carrey was very comical, as always, portraying the malicious Count Olaf. Some of the lines he said, for example, “Now that we’re a family, I can be the ultimate DAD!” are priceless to hear. You just wish you had the remote to rewind back and play his lines again. The children portraying the Baudelaire orphans were great too. Emily Browning, as Violet Baudelaire, carries herself well as the responsible and mature oldest sibling who has to take care of her younger brother and sister. Liam Aiken, as Klaus Baudelaire, makes the best facial expressions that are great to watch as he reacts to Count Olaf’s unusual demeanor. And last but not least, the twins Shelby and Kara Hoffman, as Sunny Baudelaire, are said to be the next Olsen twins. They are the cutest little girls and they make their character come to life as they communicate in baby talk as the subtitles are shown on screen. Although the movie was composed of three of the eleven Lemony Snicket books, the movie captures the books with great acting, scenery, and sets. I definitely recommend this movie because it will be fun for all ages!
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first saw hte movie I thought it was the best on ever. I thought Jim Carry was Awesome and Emily Browning. I thought Sunny was funny to.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dear Reader, This movie is AWESOME! I just love this movie is so FUNNY I thought it was gonna be lame but I was WRONG.Sure Its a very sad at the beginning.PLEASE MAIL ME A BOUT THE MOVIA AND IF YOU NOW INFORMATION A BOUT Jacqueline Kennedy!!!Bye....
Guest More than 1 year ago
I watched this movie with my 9 year old son who has been reading the series. I only read the first book, but he is on the 5th. Neither of us liked the fact that it glossed over so many details from the books. While I don't feel that the books have the same subtance as the Harry Potter Series, Artemis Fowl books, or Cornelia Funke's Thief Lord and Inkheart, I feel that they could have elaborated on 1 or 2 of the books with the movie, rather than all of them. It was too diluted. I will give the actors credit for doing a good job. The baby was really cute.
Guest More than 1 year ago
oh it is a very good movie and it should be for almost all ages.