Three wealthy children, the inventive Violet Baudelaire, the avid reader Klaus Baudelaire, and sharp–toothed Sunny Baudelaire, become orphans when their parents are killed in a fire. When they are sent to a distant relative, the obnoxious Count Olaf (Jim Carrey), they find out that he is plotting to kill them and seize their fortune.
Based on Lemony Snicket's books, this non–typical film is rather entertaining and lends a breath of fresh air after all those dull romantic comedies. The props, costumes and visual effects are excellent. Emily Browning who played Violet Baudelaire, Liam Aiken (Klaus Baudelaire), Kara and Shelfy Hoffman (Sunny Baudelaire) did well. Watch out for appearances by Meryl Streep as their eccentric relative, Josephine Anwhistle, Dustin Hoffman as the Critic, Timothy Spall as Mr. Poe, Jude Law as Lemony Snicket the narrator, and Cedric the Entertainer as the Constable.