Criminally underrated gem that features a fantastic cast and their advenutures in a dazzlingly realized world. Beautiful cinematography, production design, and score complete an eerie sense of whimsy. Extra points for Jim Carrey's choice to play Sham as a Newfoundlander.
I've always loved this movie. What is all this talk of it not capturing the tone of the books? The books were dark(ish), sure, but they were also delightfully witty. Such a shame that the series never took off.
I remember being an angry 4th grader when this movie came out. The filmmakers just did not understand that the books were undeniably dark. It was about a mentally insane foster parent who tries to murder a slew of people after his failed attempt at marrying a 16 year old girl. These books were actually more for adults than children. Very sinister comedy that must have been discarded in the screen adaptation. LAME!
You know what would've been better than throwing three books into one movie and then ending it so abruptly? Making the stories into a thirteen-part mini-series, with the exact same casting as the film.
Stupidly fun film. The one that's always playing on TV while mum's making Christmas Eve dinner - and, yes, I started holiday films season a bit early this year, but it's never too early for blankets, tea, and a reminiscence of childhood.
Above average acting by Browning and Aiken. Perfected the tone and atmosphere, perhaps just paced a bit too fast. Would have been better if they'd only incorporated the first 2 books and set the narration more to the narration of the novels.
Good cast, but this didn't really get the book series. Admittedly, it's rather hard series to adapt. Think of a really dark series about horrible people trying to destroy the only innocent people left in the world, and it's all a parody of dark children novels. But it's so damn dark, the fact that it's a parody is supposed to go over your head for years. Hopefully the Netflix series will be better (but probably not).