Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)

**Some What of a SPOILER ALERT**
“Well Hello, Hello, Hello”, Welcome to the lives of the Baudelaire Orphans, are you a fan of the book series by Lemony Snicket? Well if not the movie is still filled with amusement, wonder and of course happy little elves!!, oh wait, that’s a different movie.  No in this movie there is just gloom and tragedy surrounding the three children, Violet, Klaus and Sunny. So “Shall we take a look” at this brilliant movie based on the first 3 books of the series (The Bad Beginning, The Reptile Room, and The Wide Window) in the movie we start out with the children at the beach enjoying the day, when out of a mysterious fog comes Mr. Poe to tell them that their parents have just died and that they are going to live with their closest (geographical) relative, Count Olaf. Now Count Olaf isn’t any ones idea of a parent let alone a guardian, with a house that really could use a little “TLC” and should be condemned, but hey that is what the children are there for right, well that is surely what he intense to use them for, while he thinks of a way to get all their money.  And to the children dismay he gets granted custody, but after a mishap gone wrong (at least for Count Olaf) they are getting sent off to the next relative, but before they leave Count Olaf buts on his little performance acting as if he is sad that they are leaving all the while actually threatening them, but does Mr. Poe hear this, nope. Well they now arrive at the next relative’s house Uncle Monty, who is a herpetologists (the study of reptiles and amphibians) and he is getting ready to head to Peru, which the children are a little shocked finding that out minutes after meeting him, but after seeing how great his is they think that their lives are on a course for good, but unfortunately that is not the case as Count Olaf comes in to ruin the day, but in disguise as Stephano who is a new assistant after Uncle Monty’s old one had to suddenly “catch the train”. After being creepy like always that even Uncle Monty thought he was an imposter (but for the wrong reason) but before they could talk more Stephano suggests the kids go to bed. And the bad news keeps coming as when then get up to head off on their trip they find that Uncle Monty has been killed by the Incredibly Deadly Viper” according to Stephano, but the kids prove him wrong and show that the Viper is totally safe and harmless. But the cops do not catch him as they still think he is Stephano, not Count Olaf. Now they are on their way to another relative’s house, Aunt Josephine. Maybe this one will work, but I doubt it. As I see I have giving you probably more information then you wanted I’ll stop here, but I’ll leave you with this, their Count Olaf problem doesn’t go away, leaches are involved, so is a Caption Sham, there is also a play and a wedding.

With many great actors in the main roles and also in some great cameos, it’s something that makes this movie great. The books that are used in this story is something that makes it even more awesome. So check Jim Carrey as Count Olaf (and is aliases), Emily Browning as Violet, Liam Aiken as Klaus, Kara & Shelby Hoffman as Sunny, Timothy Spall as Mr. Poe, Billy Connolly as Uncle Monty, Meryl Streep as Aunt Josephine and many more including Jude Law as the voice and silhouette of Lemony Snicket.

So if this interests you, make sure you have a hall pass and check out this movie and also the book series (13 books in total).

[**Academy Award for Best Makeup**]

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