Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
Released: December 17, 2004
When Monique H. got up this morning she found me sitting by the fire staring at the lighted Christmas tree with a smile on my face. I had been up since 5:15 am; I heard the delivery of the paper hit the sidewalk. With her head cocked to one side she said "...you're up to something...you're up to no good...what are you going to do...why are you up so early." Who could pass up such an opportunity? I replied "...why, my dear wife, I'm as innocent as the ...." I could not think of the appropriate word; "innocent" and "Larry H." don't normally share the same sentence. But the truth: I was so excited about my plan today to see two movies and be home before the sun goes down and do all my work at the office... And I have a big Toys for Tots Pistol Match Saturday morning and a Christmas Party Saturday night and then there's church and another party Sunday night. Party on!
I didn't know the difference between Lemony Snicket and Jiminy Cricket, but a movie with Jim Carrey as the evil Count Olaf and Meryl Streep as Aunt Josephine based on a Nickelodeon movie was too much to pass. The is a beautifully made movie and will garner several nominations. My pick for awards include Best Screenplay by Robert Gordon whose adaptation from the original series of books by Lemony Snicket (Daniel Handler) was masterful as were the art and set design, and visual effects. I don't know the names of all those awards but you know what I'm talking about.
The audience was a cross-section from pre-schoolers to Grandpa, but it is primarily a kids movie that tells a story of three wonderful recently-orphaned children: Violet the 14 year old who is pretty, loving, and an "inventor"; Klaus about 12 years old who is cute, loving, and a "reader"; and an infant girl named Sunny who is charming, loving, and a "biter" as in she bites things. The infant Sunny also giggles a lot and utters baby sounds like "ra" and "ga" and then subtitles appear on the screen further explaining what the darling child really means. The adults in the movie are either evil, stupid, or a combination. But certainly not loving.
The story is universal about fear and love as seen through the eyes of resourceful and clever kids with the added theme of "we all need family." Not bad for the Christmas season, I suppose. I found that I had "respect" for this movie which is not really a turn-on for me. Rock 'n Roll.