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Movie thoughts.

(x-posted to _lemonysnicket)  Just came back from the movie, and here are some thoughts:

Okay.  I will admit that, as much as I loathe Jim Carrey, he did a good job of Olaf.  I could've done without the putting-the-troupe-to-sleep scene and other various Hey Look At Me I'm Jim Bloody Carrey moments, but when it came right down to it, he had the spirit of the character down.  And he certainly rubbed me the wrong way all throughout.

Poe did not cough once.  This bothered me.

The Snicket scenes were excellent, and very reminiscent of the photos in the books.  Jude Law's narration is wonderful, independent of the fact that I love his voice.  He had a nice lilting, despairing tone, the sort I always imagine Snicket having when I'm reading.

Monty and Josephine were both played exceptionally well.  Justice Strauss needed more screen time.

The sets were all excellent, ripped right out of the Helquist drawings.  They were probably the best part of the movie, in my opinion, although the music itself was very evocative.



















Okay.  HOW did Lemony get through an ENTIRE movie without ONCE mentioning Beatrice???  WHERE was Beatrice???  There was NO mention of Beatrice.  Maybe she was in that one picture Aunt Josephine half-showed the Baudelaires, but we'll never know.  Lemony never once lamented Beatrice, and that bothers me.

I'm not sure how I feel about Olaf predicting Violet's move during The Marvelous Marriage.  Being the jerk that I am, I yelled out, 'Hey, who let him read the book?' when he told Violet to make sure she signed with her right hand.  I'm also not sure how I feel about Olaf suddenly becoming the voice of morality at the end of the play.  Yeah, what he says is a big theme of the books, but where does he get off being right?

The ending seemed a bit fatalistic for the movie itself -- it seems like they're not banking on any more movies, but allowing wiggle-room in case it does happen.  I'm not sure how I'd feel about seeing Carrey in drag, so I'll reserve judgment.

















Yeah, another thing about not seeming confident about more movies ... they spilled VFD stuff on us like you wouldn't believe.  They also 'solved' the fire thing (and why would Olaf have a device that targets only the Baudelaire mansion if the movie acknowledges that there was a series of fires?) and sort of drove off into a dubious sunset.  I felt like I was getting drowned in metaplot far too quickly and arbitrarily.  Snicket spins it out nicely, and while I understand that movies only have an hour and a half to do things, the whole VFD thing felt very clumsy.  If they were going to smack us that hard with metaplot, they could have hinted at Snicket's involvement -- okay, they did with the whole spyglass thing, but I mean his actual involvement, not just his alliances.

Overall -- a well-made movie, a good representation of the characters (with the possible exception of Poe), but definitely grating to purists in some parts.  You've really gotta consider this to be separate and independent from the books, as silly as that sounds, because trying to stick this in line with book canon is something akin to the old square-peg-in-the-round-hole problem.  If they do continue, I don't know how they're going to account for some metaplot issues, if they'll backtrack and stick stuff in that they skipped (because they'll sort of have to if they're going to address everything), or if they'll just pretend everything's fine.

Oh, but do watch all the end credits.  They're rather fun.

I will post pictures of my book-version Violet costume as soon as they're sent to me.
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I just saw the movie today too. My general feelings were similar to yours. I was kind of upset about the characters, though. I got the impression that when they made Klaus the same height as Violet and ditched the glasses, they were just trying to draw in girls who might find him cute. It had been bothering me since I saw the trailer pictures, but when the movie started I felt like I could shrug it off, at least temporarily. The thing that really got me upset, though, was the complete shift in the Baudelaire characters. I have always felt that what makes the Baudelaires really sweet was that they all work equally as a team, and share equally in all that they endure. In the movie, Sunny was designated mainly for comic relief (grr) and Klaus seemed to me to be getting all of the action in this movie. Violet did some, but not enough, in my opinion. A lot of it was mainly about Klaus, like in the end when he, instead of Violet, tried to save Sunny and found out how Olaf burned down the Baudelaire mansion (Originally, I wasn't entirely sure that Olaf was the person that had the house burned down. Thanks for taking out the mystery, movie people. :/). Klaus was also the one all on the VFD stuff (did you notice that they flashed a picture of VFD when Klaus was discovering the spyglass in his father's desk? Hee!). I also didn't like how he was all, "You need to put your hair up, Violet." and "Is your hair tied too tight, or something?". GRR.

Jim Carrey was good throughout most of the movie. He definitely had his Jim Carrey moments, but he did capture Olaf very well at times.

I thought the whole movie kept to the books pretty well. It's been a while since I read the beginning of the series but from what I could remember of them, it seemed that the beginning of the movie, at least, was pretty spot on close. And, while at times it did tangent (like the train thing), I wasn't bothered too much by it.

What *did* bother me a lot, apart from the Klaus thing, was the fact that they basically spilled out the basis for the whole VFD mystery. The first three books had next to nothing about the VFD in them. The first hint of it, I believe, was in book 5. They needed to at least meet the Triplets first, fer gods sake! >:X They also didn't feature any solid study sessions in the various specialized libraries, and the only important book featured in the movie wasn't entitled "Nuptial Law" (:Z) and it was found in Olaf's car. Hello, out of character central!

The sets were awesome, and I WANT VIOLET'S DRESS, OMG WANT. And, I seriously thought that Jude Law was David Handler during the entire movie. I'd heard Handler recite the first book on audio tape, and I was sure Law sounded *just* like him. :D And the Snicket silhouette parts? Perfect. :D :D :D




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GAHH it bugged me so much how Klaus only had glasses on when he read! that TOTALLY doesn't comprehend if they do make a second movie. and i don't like how they switched around the event of the wedding either. GRAR. and TRAIN!? but the thing i liked the most was the ending with the letter. it had the most emotion in it i think because it defintely made me cry. It made their loss and depression more effective and i looooved it ♥ but yeah.

Books were much better in my opinion. Poor Beatrice.

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