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Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
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Directed By
Brad Silberling

Written By:
Daniel Handler, Robert Gordon

Jim Carrey, Meryl Streep, Jude Law, Jennifer Coolidge, Liam Aiken, Emily Browning, Timothy Spall, Kara Hoffman, Shelby Hoffman, Billy Connolly

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Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)
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Movie Review by Zara
October 20th, 2008

It probably wasn't until I caught this movie a second time while on a plane that I ended up seeing more points in it that were appealing than I did the first time around. The film suffers from being a little over-long, something I think might have come from the producers being worried that the film wouldn't be financially successful enough to spawn the other portions of the series of books that they were based on. (I haven't read any of the books.)

What you've got to look past in the film is Jim Carey, something hard to do since he's featured prominently throughout. The child actors they've used are sharp and interesting, far more so than in most family genre films. And for the most part, the child actors tend to be the most overlooked. (Something that turned around with the NARNIA movies.)

But it's all the other roles sprinkled throughout which make this movie a whole lot more fleshed out than it normally would have been. Using Meryl Streep was a stroke of genius (reminding me of how well it suited the POTTER series to get Oldman and Finnes) and while it's been cliche to get the A-list actors in children's movies of this sort, I still found that the additions here helped the movie rather than distracted from it.

Definitely one of those films which you appreciate more the second time around.

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