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Thursday, December 16, 2004

A Series of Unfortunate Events

It's called too many deadlines, hectic pre-holiday work crunch, holiday commitments and no blogging.

It's also the name of a successful, yet dreadful book series by Lemony Snicket, or rather Daniel Handler. A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS garnered a bit of comics buzz this past week with the announcement of a comic book adaptation of the upcoming movie in a special edition movie magazine from Nickelodeon. The above link features some great preview art from illustrator Sam Hiti that looks just great. Call me a bit biased though, I've been a big fan of Sam Hiti's work ever since I picked up a mini comics he published a couple of years ago called PHENOMS, which featured kids with amazing superpowers. I knew the quirky sensibility of that comic would translate to something like Series of Unfortunate Events.

I was fortunate last night to see a preview screening of A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS starring Jim Carrey and quite enjoyed it. The overall look and feel of the movie is just great, from the set design of the burned Baudelaire mansion to Count Olaf's outrageous clothing. The actors who portrayed the orphans, Violet, Klaus and Sunny were great and Carrey's performance as Olaf didn't overshadow the movie like as in most of the films he stars in. The only major flaw of the movie I found was the fact that it doesn't have that strong singular build-up with a blow-your-mind type climax. I think this comes from being adapted from 3 separate books. The movie moves along as a series of narrative peaks and valleys but doesn't have that extreme 'wow' moment at the end. It's a bit of a fizzle...but a satisfying fizzle. Plus, it's just scary enough for the kids to get a thrill without being completely traumatized.


  • We are trying to find good entertainment movie to take the kids this weekend. Good entertainment movie reviews are hard to find

    I just stumbled onto your blog while looking. Seems to happen to me a lot since I am a knowledge mooch LOL


    By Blogger jon, at 6:29 PM  

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