shaken & stirred

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yes, we'll be seeing it

Daniel Handler's at least polite enough to be nice about the Unfortunate Events movie in public (and I can only hope he's telling the truth):

Last weekend, he saw the movie, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, which is based on the first three books, and says he's pleased. 'I'm still in a continued state of amazement that it was made.' It's 'more Perils of Pauline than Wuthering Heights,' he says.

Or, to put it another way, 'It's more madcap than the books and less contemplative. But most contemplative movies are a little boring.'

And Handler's wife sounds as funny as expected:

In Handler's drafts, Snicket, the narrator, was envisioned on screen on the periphery, "like Derek Jacobi in Kenneth Branagh's Henry V."

In the movie, Snicket, played by Jude Law, mostly is reduced to a voice-over and is seen only fleetingly.

That disappointed Handler's wife, "who loves Jude Law. She wanted to see more of him, more of him than they would allow in a movie for kids."

I need to see a good movie*. C'mon, snake eyes!

*Will post about the awfulness seen last Saturday night later maybe, depending on the progress on the project discussed below.


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