The Beaudelaire children become orphaned when their parents die in a huge fire that destroys their home and their lives. They are sent to live with their "dear" Uncle Olaf. What ensues is a dark tale of adventure, magic, courage and love. As the children get moved form one house to the other, their story gets more complicated and intriguing.
What caused the fire that not only killed their parents, but many of their parents' friends and relatives? Who is behind these mysterious acts? As the Beaudelaires get closer to figuring this out, their lives become more dangerous.
Jim Carrey leads an all-star cast as Count Olaf, the creepy, evil actor / uncle to the Beaudelaires. Although the movie is spattered with a huge assortment of celebs, the stars are really the three children; Violet (Emily Browning), Klaus (Liam Aiken) and the adorable Sunny (Kara and Shelby Hoffman). The three youngsters never leave the frame and the chemistry they have is impressive, especially considering their age. Meryl Streep, Timothy Spall, Billy Connolly and Catherine O'Hara round off the cast of colourful characters.
Although the performances are amazing, it's the look of the movie that you will remember. Much of the crew has worked with Tim Burton on past projects, and it shows. The costumes, set, lighting and music are all so Burton that I questioned whether or not he had a hand in the production. Turns out he didn't.
Lemony Snicket is probably among the most beautifully shot movie you will see on DVD this year, and maybe one of the most frightening. This film is not appropriate for small children; however, Lemony Snicket's A Series Of Unfortunate Events is definitely for the family, and should certainly be seen more than once.
-Commentary by director Brad Silberling
-Commentary by Lemony Snicket and Brad Silberling
-Bad Beginnings (3 Featurettes)
-Orphaned Scenes (11 Deleted Scenes and 5 Outtakes)