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

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Coming Out at 16 December 2004 in theaters

“A Series of Unfortunate Events”

Adventure, Comedy, Family

Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events is gothic dark comedy film directed by Brad Silberling. It is a film adaptation of A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket, covering the first three novels: The Bad Beginning, The Reptile Room, and The Wide Window. The film stars Jim Carrey, Liam Aiken, Emily Browning, Timothy Spall, Catherine O’Hara, Billy Connolly, Cedric the Entertainer, Luis Guzmán, Jennifer Coolidge, and Meryl Streep, as well as Jude Law as Lemony Snicket (the pen name of American writer Daniel Handler).

Nickelodeon Movies purchased the film rights to Daniel Handler’s book series in 2000 and soon began development of a film with Barry Sonnenfeld attached to direct. Handler adapted the screenplay and courted Jim Carrey for Count Olaf. Sonnenfeld eventually left over budget concerns in January 2003 and Brad Silberling took over. Robert Gordon rewrote Handler’s script, and principal photography started in November 2003. A Series of Unfortunate Events was entirely shot using sound stages and backlots at Paramount Pictures and Downey Studios. The film received positive reviews, with many praising its production values and performances (particularly Carrey’s performance), while some criticized its comical tone and short length – only focusing on the first three books in the series. The film also grossed $209 million worldwide and won the Academy Award for Best Makeup.

After visiting the graves of the Baudelaire children, Lemony Snicket begins working on their story in a clock tower.

Fourteen-year-old inventor Violet Baudelaire, her twelve-year-old bibliophile brother Klaus, and their mordacious baby sister Sunny are orphaned after a mysterious fire destroys their home and kills their parents. Mr. Poe, the family’s banker, manages their affairs and leaves them in the care of their closest relative Count Olaf. Olaf is intent upon obtaining their family fortune, which will remain in the custody of the bank until Violet comes of age. He forces them to do chores and belittles them.

Director: Brad Silberling

Writers: Robert Gordon, Daniel Handler (books)

Stars: Jim Carrey, Jude Law, Meryl Streep, Liam Aiken, Emily Browning, Timothy Spall, Catherine O’Hara, Billy Connolly

Cast:

Jim CarreyCount Olaf
Liam AikenKlaus
Emily BrowningViolet
Kara HoffmanSunny
Shelby HoffmanSunny
Jude LawLemony Snicket (voice)
Timothy SpallMr. Poe
Catherine O’HaraJustice Strauss
Billy ConnollyUncle Monty
Meryl StreepAunt Josephine
Luis GuzmánBald Man
Jamie HarrisHook-Handed Man
Craig FergusonPerson of Indeterminate Gender
Jennifer CoolidgeWhite Faced Woman
Jane AdamsWhite Faced Woman
Cedric the EntertainerConstable
Bob ClendeninGrocery Clerk
Lenny ClarkeGruff Grocer
Fred GalloJudge
John DexterGustav
Deborah TheakerMrs. Poe
Wayne FlemmingCaptain Sam
Jaimarie BjorgeDream Gypsy
Helena Bonham CarterBeatrice Baudelaire
Amy BrennemanMrs. Baudelaire
Paul BunnellWedding Guest
Julius CallahanDavidious Augustine / Bohemian
François DuhamelFrench Radio Reporter (voice)
Rosemary GarrisWedding Guest
Gilbert GottfriedDuck (voice)
Paul G. GrayWedding Guest
Rick HeinrichsMr. Baudelaire
Alan HeitzPolice Photographer
Rob HindersteinBanker
Dustin HoffmanThe Critic
Michael Earl LaneFerry Boat Captain
Jane LynchRealtor
Betsy McIntyreWedding Guest
Nick MeaneyVoice over
Christopher MetasWedding Audience
Crystal RiversBohemian #1
Lidia SabljicWoman in Audience

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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