Going from the sublime to the ridiculous, A Series of Unfortunate Events was good fun. The movie adapts three of the popular series of black comedies, The Bad Beginning, The Reptile Room, and The Wide Window, into a humorous melodrama. Cut into sections, the film would have made a great “Perils of Pauline” style cliffhanger serial. Jim Carey manages to look uncannily like the illustrations of Count Olaf, and hams it up appropriately for the kind of “Snidely Whiplash” villain he is supposed to be. The children are well cast in Emily Browning as Violet Baudelaire, Liam Aiken as Klaus, and twin girls as baby Sunny (only Karis Campbell is listed on the internet, but the movie titles listed both--), and are ably supported by Billy Connolly as Uncle Mortimer, Merle Streep as Aunt Josephine, and Timothy Spall as Mr. Poe. A good feature of the film is that Lemony Snicket’s lugubrious narration, which some readers find to be the worst feature of the books, is kept to a minimum.