Directed by Brad Silberling, ‘Lemony Snicket’s A Series Of Unfortunate Events’ follows the adventures of three unfortunate children: After losing their parents in a conflagration, they are delivered to the custody of a stage actor, Count Olaf, who secretly tries to steal their fortune.
What struck me the most in this film is the visuals: The cinematography is just stunning, the colour palette is gorgeous and really signales the mood of each scenes. The art direction is also on point – it depicts the characters’ personality, it’s very gothic and unrealistic. Furthermore, the visuals go in contrast with the genre of the film, which is comedy, and I really loved that.
‘A Series Of Unfortunate Events’ won an Oscar for best achievement in makeup and I think it really deserved it because the costumes and the makeup design are just stunning.
Here are a few stills of the films to give you an idea of what I am talking about
Now moving on to the performances of the actors; I think the acting is amazing, some of the actors/actresses embody stereotypes like for example Meryl Streep portrays a woman who has an irrational fear of everything. The acting is also very theatrical however it is still believable and not too exaggerated, it is just right. On top of that, that type of acting suites very much the theme and genre of the film, moreover, it is unrealistic on purpose.
Lastly, the story of the film is very nice and well constructed, I thought the narrator interfered in the story at the right moment and sometimes I feel like narrators are useless and ruin the story but in this film, it worked well.
In conclusion, I believe that this film is amazing, it has a strong content and strong visuals. It’s a film you should really watch.