Lemony Snicketís A Series Of Unfortunate Events
I just didnít get it. Maybe I fell asleep or maybe Iím just not intellectual enough (note my sarcasm) but there just doesnít seem to be much to this movie. Sure it looks pretty, there is some good acting (from Meryl Streep as usual) but that is where it ends. The title should rather have been a íseries of random events.
Okay, so some soon-to-be-hot children are orphaned and their insane uncle Count Olaf is after their money. Their parents were part of some kind of secret society thing that I can’t figure out but they all have spyglasses. Maybe they are all voyeurs. Now that would have been interesting. I must admit that there was a moment when the DVD got stuck and I had to skip ahead. If all was explained in that three minute sequence then I apologise for my rating and will add half a tit.
Jim Carey is absolutely awful as Count Olaf. It is as if he is merely trying to entertain his friends. I’m not his friend and didn’t get most of his smug gestures. The number of times I’ve heard people quote his, "I don’t speak monkey" line just makes me more annoyed. Carey is a great actor when he isn’t wasting his time on being silly. Meryl Streep on the other hand is superb as an overly timid widow afraid of every predictably tragic eventuality as far fetched as they may seem.
The world that is created through art direction is the only true pleasure of the movie. This is a world where remarkable things can happen but the danger is equally real. The children escape from the most desperate situations in creative and almost believable ways.
Maybe more will be explained in the sequel...but I’m not holding my breath.