Lemony Snicket narrates the incidents of small children Baudelaire that newly have been orphan after being burnt its elegant mansion, heirs of a great fortune, suddenly its lives are wrapped in serious danger due to the Count’s greed who attempts by all possible means, to keep the great inheritance. The children pass this way to fall under the custody of kindred eccentrics relatives who are being eliminated by the evil Count Olaf. —IMDb
Make up artists, costume and graphics designers have done an excellent job. Nevertheless the characters of Aiken and Browning are exceptionally stereotyped and mawkish, but you can say the same for all of them, only Streep's character gleams within the general mediocrity. Commercial cinema for children has produced much better products (1941's Dumbo f.e.) without being so unbearably pretentious.