If you spliced Charles Addams, Dr. Seuss, Charles Dickens, Edward Gorey, and Roald Dahl into a Tim Burtonesque landscape, you'd surely come up with something like Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events. Many critics (in mostly mixed reviews) wondered why Burton didn't direct this comically morbid adaptation of the first three books in the popular series by Daniel Handler (a.k.a. "Lemony Snicket," played here by Jude Law and seen only in silhouette) instead of TV and Casper veteran Brad Silberling, but there's still plenty to recommend the playfully bleak scenario,... in which three resourceful orphans thwart their wicked, maliciously greedy relative Count Olaf (Jim Carrey), who subjects them to... well, a series of unfortunate events. Along the way they encounter a herpetologist uncle (Billy Connolly), an anxious aunt (Meryl Streep) who's afraid of everything, and a variety of fantastical hazards and mysterious clues, some of which remain unresolved. Given endless wonders of art direction, costume design, and cinematography, Silberling's direction is surprisingly uninspired (in other words, the books are better), but when you add a throwaway cameo by Dustin Hoffman, Law's amusing narration, and Carrey's over-the-top antics, the first Lemony movie suggests a promising franchise in the making. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com [show more]
The plot, the storyline, the set and visual effects all go to make this film a truly spectacular piece of screen entertainment for the whole family. However many stars you would like to rate this film could quite easily be multiplied ten-fold purely down to the film's leader star, one of today truly modern day comedy genius Jim Carrey. His many appearances as a forever growing number cunning characters each time in a even more spectacular costumes really does make the film a truly wonderful delight to watch! The 2 disc Special Edition contains a mind- blowing array of special features, which really make the entertainment value much more appealing. A must see, miss at your peril!!!
Tim Burton meets Roald Dahl. This is the sort of grim (and Grimm) story that kids love. Top quality film..
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