Lost in Adaptation: A Series of Unfortunate Events

The Dom reluctantly looks to see if Lemony Snicket made it to the big screen in one piece.

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Reviewer of games, TV shows and movies. The Dom also likes to look at film adaptations of books and talk about what got lost transitioning from page to screen.

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28 Comments on "Lost in Adaptation: A Series of Unfortunate Events"

The Mysterious M
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If I knew you were gonna do this Dom, I would have asked you waited until the Netflix series came out.

Brad1ey Shaw
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That might have actually been better.

Netflix is getting a lot of praise for how they handled Daredevil. On several occasions I find myself thinking that there’s numerous poor/bad productions (like the new ‘Fantastic Four’) that could probably turn out a lot better if only they had been given the series treatment by Netflix rather than a single movie that tries to do too much in a limited amount of running time.
I’m not really a fan of ‘Eragon’ but I’d love to see someone make it into a series with a decent budget to do it right.

MidnightScreeningsman2014
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MidnightScreeningsman2014
Your really right about netflix series and how netflix makes crap movies into goodness (i am certain this one will work fingerd crossed as well). I also hope that they make percy jackson into a tv series (am i the only one who would think that would happen). I actually have never seen this film(one time my sister and my dads mother watched it together and i watched it a little but othee then that not much exposure to it really) and have never read the books but i remembered they were in thd library at my elementary school but… Read more »
sheamcc2
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hed love the Spiderwick cronicels

MidnightScreeningsman2014
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MidnightScreeningsman2014

You spelled chronicles wrong. Anyways I’ve never seen you before on this site before so welcome to the site new commentor and hope you enjoy ;.)

sheamcc2
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id love to see a his dark materials tv series

jsbelanger
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Ok, I don’t know that anyone caught this, but I think it’s awesome that you borrowed music from the Freespace games. Kudos to you, The Dom.

IffySAM
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Dom, I’m going out on a limb here and assume that you grew up with these books, or at least that you read them at a fairly young age. I hadn’t heard of them until the film came out, so that was my first exposure to it. Looking back, I’m shocked, shocked that I even saw this film (and didn’t end up seeing Percy Jackson and The Hunger Games and other YA-ish properties). For the record, I had a lot of fun with the film. Since I’m assuming you read the books first, I’m coming at the adaptation from the… Read more »
Brad1ey Shaw
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Netflix’s Daredevil is arguably the best live-action version of the character in existence. I’m sure you’ve seen the Affleck movie but there was one prior in ‘The Trial of the Incredible Hulk’ tv movie that was meant to be a launch-point for a Daredevil spinoff series. It reminds me a little of Batman with its campiness. Here’s Nash & Company’s review if you don’t want to watch the whole thing, and I wouldn’t blame you if you didn’t.
http://channelawesome.com/the-trial-of-the-incredible-hulk-a-review/

Let’s hope the ‘Series of Unfortunate Events’ series turns out well.

MermaidWarrior
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A series adaptation probably would work a lot better than a movie series.

neytari
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I read (and loved) the books first. And I still love the movie as its own thing. It doesn’t deserve the hate it gets imho.

The Mysterious M
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Also Dom, in the future, could you do (or at least consider) doing the Discworld miniseries? There’s five out there (Soul Music, Wyrd Sisters, Hogfather, The Color of Magic, Going Postal), so there’s got to be a lot of material.

Djiril
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I found that i could enjoy this movie if I could just forget that the books existed for a few hours.

Undertaker91
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I found there was one major problem with the movie that you didnt point out. Claus didnt have glasses! if they ever made a sequel, how would they do book 4 without his glasses? that was a very important plot point in that book

Latieraeve
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He had “reading” glasses

Latieraeve
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The littlest ElfWAS in the books just in later books. Dose anyone else remember that besides me?

Childish nerd
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*Raises hand.*

Jasmine
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A TV SERIES?! I’M EXCITED NOW! 😀
btw, did you know that Tim Burton was originally attached with directing this movie?

INCspot
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You think adapting three books into a single movie is bad, you should check out the movie “Alatriste” (or even better, avoid it like the plague) – FIVE books along with stuff from books in the series not yet written crammed into a single film.

happymel
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Aw, I LOVED A Series of Unfortunate Events as a kid. That was childhood. I read every single book and I even had the journal and the “autobiography”. I thought that the movie was meh. That Frankenstein face was scary as heck. Hey, I didn’t pick up the pedo vibe when I was a kid. Although, I don’t even think if I knew about pedos as a kid, just like murderers and stuff.

JamiSings
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“Personal beliefs notwithstanding.”

In other words, Dom’s referring to the fact that Jim Carrey is a rabid anti-vaxxer. Lost all respect for him on my part because of that.

Strangefacts101
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They should get Alan Rickman to play Count Olaf in the Netflix series

Steamking
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I actually liked this movie more, because they did away with the 3-act-structure of the books.

Tross
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As a fan of this series, I absolutely hated this film. Violet is my favourite of the three orphans, and her role was reduced, and almost all of her great moments were outright removed. Oh, you forgot to mention that Klaus doesn’t wear glasses in the film, despite wearing them in the book, and them being an important plot point in the fourth book. That’s just another way the film producers did their best to ensure they couldn’t have a sequel. I was really pissed off, because I was absolutely enchanted by the books thoughout my teen years, and the… Read more »
Steel Accord
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I actually REALLY liked that initial part of the skit where the Dom is going through the different recent movie clips. It wasn’t completely random, I loved how each of the clips lead into each other like a logical progressing timeline.

Give1Take2
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OMG, the beginning of the review had me laughing out loud the whole way. I love all the little skits of the Dom appearing in several different movies and being such a silly, lovable nerd. About A Series of Unfortunate Events… eh. I read up to the fifth book, but honestly the relentless depressing tone really didn’t sit well with me and I eventually dropped it. I was in middle school when the film came out and so was the perfect age for it, back when the book series was at the height of its popularity, my childhood was just… Read more »
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