The well-known little village from the Asterix and Obelix-comic books is in trouble: It is the last place not controlled by Rome. When Tax collector Claudius Incorruptus does not get his ... See full summary »
Monsters generate their city's power by scaring children, but they are terribly afraid themselves of being contaminated by children, so when one enters Monstropolis, top scarer Sulley finds his world disrupted.
Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire are three intelligent young children who receive terrible news that their parents have died in a fire and have left them an enormous fortune not to be used until the eldest child is of age. When they are sent to live with Count Olaf, a greedy distant relative, they soon learn he is trying to steal their fortune for himself. Written by
When Klaus shows the book "Inheritance Law and You" to Violet, he is holding the head of the camel mask. When he holds the book up, the mask is right behind him. See more »
[the Littlest Elf has just come to an abrupt halt]
I'm sorry to say that this is not the movie you will be watching. The movie you are about to see is extremely unpleasant. If you wish to see a film about a happy little elf, I'm sure there is still plenty of seating in theatre number two. However, if you like stories about clever and reasonably attractive orphans, suspicious fires, carnivorous leeches, Italian food and secret organizations, then stay, as I retrace each and every one...
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Quality movie, unless you're a die-hard fan of the books
I first heard of these books when I saw my younger brother reading
them. I got curious and when I saw they were making a movie was sure to
read the first three before seeing it. Right off the bat, I can tell
you that if you are a completely possessive fan of these books you
might be rather disappointed by this movie. The movie condenses books
"The Bad Beginning," "The Reptile Room," and "The Wide Window" by
slicing the first book in half and placing the other two inside of it,
like a sandwich. Of course in order for this to be possible the story
has to change to make it work, so some elements are not factual.
Combine this with Snicket's usually clever details in the book having
to be cut down and very loyal fans are going to be disappointed. The
movie also adds in a subplot that the first three books do not possess,
but that the later ones (according to my brother) do, so I was a bit
bothered by having that element ruined if i choose to read more of the
I, however, understand the difference between books and movies, and
think that on the whole they succeeded in keeping the tone and
uniqueness of this series. Carrey as Olaf is wonderful and adds
something to a character that seems to be rather dry in the books and
the children are believable and easy to sympathize with. While humor
was scarce, the tone of the books is more clever than humorous anyway.
Overall my only issues are plot-wise and how this creates a choppy feel
to the film, but I don't know of a way it could have been done better.
The movie was well done with(as many are saying) excellent scenery,
costumes, etc., yet nothing made this film completely amazing. It is
however, worth the time and money and one should definitely read the
books. ~Steven C
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