It is strange how things like this seem to happen in a series, a series of not so wonderful events. I think that I have had my fill of broken things for a while now, thanks karma, not much fun I'm afraid.
There is nothing more sobering and hideously boring than a spell in the emergency ward. After almost three hours of mind-numbing waiting, we finally got an x-ray. Might not have been so bad if the woman beside me had showered in the last decade, Jesus - that was horrific! And there was also a woman in her dressing gown that arrived as we did, claiming that she had accidentally poisoned herself and was going to die, naturally I let her jump ahead of us, only to find her sitting two seats down from us ten minutes later inhaling a packet of chicken chips! Who knew that chicken chips had such magical healing properties?
The worst part of it was that we hadn't eaten dinner before we left, so Seth was ready to eat the upholstery off my car by the time we got home, around 10.20pm, which seemed three times longer given the fact that we had nothing in our stomachs and no entertainment aside of their TV which was running with the sound turned down and airing the most dull programming in history. My own fault, I had seriously forgotten the hideousness and relentless insanity of the ER, so shame on me really. Anyway, it is fair to say that they must have been having a hot night, and that I don't want to do that again any time soon.
Release Date: 2004
Running Time: 108 mins
Why there haven't been more of these movies made is just beyond me, I loved this film, and also really enjoyed the book series. There is a wonderfully dark, steam-punk atmosphere to the film, which is based on the first three novels in the series, outlining the terrible and unbelievable events that occur in the lives of three orphans.
The Baudelaire children, Violet, Klaus and Sunny all have unique talents. After their parents are killed in a mysterious house fire, they find themselves orphaned and entrusted to their only living relative, the villainous Count Olaf. Their once happy lives soon become a series of truly unfortunate and strange events, forcing them to use and combine their talents to get out of a number of sticky situations.
Jim Carrey is fantastic as Count Olaf, with his insensitive and often hilarious shenanigans. The child cast, boasting a very young Emily Browning as Violet, are wonderfully entertaining, and credit must be given to Meryl Streep for her wacky portrayal of Aunt Josephine. But it is Billy Connolly's darling performance as the herpetologist Monty that won my heart, who wouldn't want an uncle that kept an incredibly deadly viper in their home?
This is a wonderful family movie, both of my children adored it and it is one that we regularly revisit, just as much for me as them!
FINAL SAY: What did you call me?
4 Chili Peppers