A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004) score: 62%
Visually this film’s still stunning, but the performances are subdued, even poor Meryl Streep’s. It feels like the actors have turned up for filming for a couple of days for bit parts. While many of the characters are fleeting, they shouldn’t be so forgetful. Jim Carrey’s Olaf is memorable – but not always for good reasons.
This episodic story is best suited for TV. It feels much more at home. Barry Sonnenfeld produced both this film and the Netflix series, and it’s clear. The series’ visuals are equally striking, but there’s room for the story and characters to make an impact.