I don’t know about you, but ever since Netflix announced their next venture would be Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, I couldn’t help but get excited. Not only did it bring me back to my childhood of reading the exciting albeit creepy series, it reminded me of a certain film from 2004 starring the eccentric Jim Carrey.
I know some people can be a little divided on the production of the film, but for me it was one of my first book-adaptions that I liked. Now, I was an easily scared child, so anything with a hint of spook and I was out the door. However, something about the composition of the 2004 film appealed to me.
As much as I’m looking forward to the Netflix addition to the franchise, I feel like it is my duty to ensure people do not forget about this little gem. Who can forget the wonderful job Carrey did as the weird and wonderful Count Olaf? From the looks of things, Neil Patrick Harris is more than capable of picking up where Carrey left off!
The film covers the first three books of Lemony Snicket’s series following the unfortunate events of the Baudelaire children after their parent’s untimely demise in a house fire. Lemony Snicket (played by Jude Law) narrates the events of Violet, Klaus and Sunny. They attempt to survive the many attempts on their lives by their evil relative, Count Olaf. A playwright who is salty when he learns he will not inherit the Baudelaire fortune after adopting them.
The film takes us through many weird and strange events which are sometimes so obscure and cartoonish, you have to watch them with an open mind. However, the never-ending fun comes from Carrey‘s reactions as his murder attempts are consistently thwarted for a variety of imaginative reasons. Even when the Baudelaire children are taken to live with other willing guardians, such as Dr. Montgomery Montgomery or the anxious but harmless Josephine, Olaf still finds ways to bring them back to him. Usually by finding ways to murder them and evade blame.
I should mention, if it hasn’t become clear by now, A Series of Unfortunate Events isn’t exactly for the faint-hearted yet still somehow managed to fill up quite a bit of my later childhood.
A Series of Unfortunate Events is probably most memorable for it’s dark and twisted aesthetic. Most importantly, it has a rather star-studded cast that I almost forgot about. Of course, Jim Carrey steals the show, but we must not forget about Timothy Spall, as Mr. Poe, Jude Law, as Lemony Snicket, Meryl Streep as Josephine Anwhistle and Billy Connolloy as Dr. Montgomery Montgomery, as well as some un-credited appearances by Jane Lynch and Helena Bonham Carter.
A Series of Unfortunate Events was a film that constantly cropped up during sleepovers with my friends. It also enticed me to re-read the book series more than once. While the film was left without any sequels, the original film is hard to beat, in my opinion.
If you want my advice, re-watch this version of the film before Netflix unveils their version this January. Take the time to wonder at its absurdity. If you do, I’m sure you’ll find it very fortunate indeed!
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