Violet Baudelaire: Dinner is served. Puttanesca.
Count Olaf: What did you call me?
Klaus Baudelaire: It’s pasta… Pasta Puttanesca.
Count Olaf: Where’s the roast beef?
Klaus: Roast beef?
Count Olaf: Beef, yes. Roast beef. It’s the Swedish term for beef that is roasted
Back in the day, the Lemony Snicket book series, A Series Of Unfortunate Events was one of my absolute favourite things to read. During my elementary school years, we had a Book Club where we would spend our lunches with Mrs. Slack as she gobbled down her tuna sandwich and read from the first novel of the Series to… about the third or fourth one was where we left off and I went to Middle School.
I distinctly remember that fucking fish smell emanating from her mouth as she dramatically read the pages of the novel and I loved every single second of it.
When the film adaptation was announced and eventually came to theatres, I asked my mom if she would go with me to watch it because I was extremely keen to see how well the book would translate on screen. I was ten years old and giddy with excitement as we sat in our seats in an incredibly crowded theatre.
As the trailers finished and the lights died down, the opening credits began which consisted of… An Elf… The Littlest Elf, to be specific. Were we in the wrong theatre? Does my mom think I punk’d her and she’ll have to watch a stupid happy elf prance around for an hour and a half??
Confusion set in for about 50 seconds until the scene came to a dramatic halt and I heard Jude Law‘s deliciously velvety-smooth voice state,
“I’m sorry to say that this is not the movie you will be watching…”
And an enthusiastic smile came across my face as I watched with delight the unfortunate events proceed with fantastic child acting and Jim Carrey absolutely owning the role of Count Olaf…
So thanks, Mrs. Slack. I owe you a tuna sandwich, if we ever cross paths once more.
Starring: Emily Browning as Violet Baudelaire, Liam Aiken as Klaus Baudelaire, Jim Carrey as Count Olaf, Meryl Streep as Aunt Josephine and Jude Law as Lemony Snicket, dir. Brad Silberling.