(2004) dir. Brad Silberling
Unlike the Harry Potter books, I never read this series of children’s fare, though I thought that they looked fairly amusing and knew some people who liked them. So, when I watched this film, I saw it more as a singular thing, rather than a compilation of three novels’ worth of storytelling. It all hung together more or less, even with the vignette-nature of the narrative.
The art design was pretty nice, and Jim Carrey, of whom I am not overly fond, carries the film with his performance as the villan, Count Olaf. Overall, I pretty much enjoyed the film, though I don’t think that it was particularly memorable.
The thing that disturbed me the most was the Aflac duck sequence. Product placement is a bane of filmmaking. The sequence using the duck makes you think momentarily that you are back at home watching television suddenly and that the movie has stopped. It’s insidious and ridiculous.