Yummm...lemony...and snickety, too!
First of all, let me go on record saying that I think this is a
wonderfully entertaining film. The sets and costumes are perfect; even
the little details like the odd instruments on the car dashboard were
carefully thought through for their effect. Jim Carrey is perfect as
Count Olaf and his disguises, partially because he has always been
adept at creating convincing odd characters with his flexible face and
voice. The kids were likable, even the cute baby. Thomas Newman's score
is a quirky mix that's just right for the film. (I want to ask him if
there's a reason why one of his themes sounds like "We Three Kings"
gone awry.) I'm writing this comment primarily to respond to the wacky
criticisms of LEMONY that I've been reading here on IMDb. Most fall
into two categories: 1) people who don't "get" the movie and haven't
read the books (and therefore are offended by its dark tone), or 2)
adolescents who are obsessed with the books and are disappointed that
their little dreams of how the movie should be haven't been perfectly
realized (e.g., "the boy doesn't have glasses, so this movie stinks").
Let me address the second group. WAKE UP!! The Lemony Snicket books are
a pre-packaged, heavily-marketed series that was deliberately created
to appeal to your age group...the Harry Potterites. Unlike the history
of J. Rowling and the Potter books, the Snicket books were the result
of some money-mad marketing guru coming up with the idea and finding a
writer to execute it.
The Snicket series is not "classic children's literature," although I
must say that the actual author has done a fun job with the idea (yes,
I have read several of the books, in case you're wondering). One
Snicket book does NOT equal one Potter book in length or quality;
therefore it's perfectly suitable that they put three Snickets together
for this movie. The little gimmicks that made the early books amusing
(the author's asides to define words, the translations of the baby's
gurgles) become tediously annoying tics in the later books. And if
you're going to have a tantrum because someone's hair isn't the color
you imagined, or an actor is taller than you thought he should be,
WELCOME TO THE REAL WORLD of movie adaptations! Perhaps if someone took
liberties with Jane Austen, Dickens, or Tolstoy, it would be worth
getting upset...but this is LEMONY SNICKET, for crying out loud! Read
some real books for a change; not just cynically contrived kiddie lit
designed to make big bucks with marketing deals and product tie-ins.
And to the first group I say...lighten up and read a couple of the
Snicket books before you lament about the "dark tone," or the abuse of
children, etc., etc. It's part of the joke, and one of the aspects of
the books that the producers did a good job conveying on screen. In
fact, the movie even softened the tone a bit with the touching
flashbacks about the missing parents, building a "sanctuary," etc.
And what's with the wonderful, yet thrown-away closing credits? Seems
to me these were made for the opening, but they realized that they
would conflict with the "faux" Elf movie that starts the film. As
someone else said, this is one of the most delightful parts of the
film, but my son and I were the only ones who stayed to watch! DON'T
LEAVE THE THEATER 'TIL IT'S OVER!.
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A frightfully frenetic and beautifully tragic children's film
First, let it be declared that in the media of movie, it is a downright
shock that Nickelodeon's monicker appears in this film. It is by far,
the best film they have ever made. Second, it is probably the only
movie you will see made for children (supposedly) and containing a
claymation elf holding a rifle.
Second, let it be known that this movie is the most visually pleasing
children's (live-action) film any of us will see for years. The costume
design is amazing, from the strap-laden sunny to the neo-Gothic
formality of Violet, and especially in the under-appreciated and subtle
'60s formal-casual of Klaus, who looks like a miniature Harold from
"Harold and Maude". The sets are equally beautiful, a spree of
Burtonesque Gothic-Modern Post-Industrial Asymmetry, from the half
formed carnage of The burnt Baudelaire Mansion to the perfectly
executed closing credits, animated to perfection. Cinematography also
plays an amazing roll on the parts of Violet and Klaus, where ingenious
images are used to insert the audience into the minds of the genius
Last, the performances, only two that everyone has't heard; Jude Law's
perfect narration, and The Hoffman Twins astonishing performance as
Sunny. Law's performance is so on target that it never occurs that this
voice is not the elusive and enigmatic pseudonym himself. He is the
perfect compliment to the often exciting or disturbing actions being
inflicted upon the accurately charming and intelligent Baudelaires. as
for Sunny, they have performed the impossible in giving a perfect
performance to an infant from an infant, in both the physical acting
and the ingenious form of translation. The sequels are sure to be the
greatest of series, even if the events be unfortunate as they have
As an artist, this reviewer cannot help but give this movie a 10/10. It
is his deep desire that you appreciate it as much as he, if not,
well... ... that is rather... ... unfortunate..