A Series of Unfortunate Events

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“At times the world can seem an unfriendly and sinister place but believe us when we say there is much more good in it than bad, all you have to do is look hard enough. And what might seem to be a series of unfortunate events may in fact be the first steps of a journey.” This quote is very effective in representing what the film, “A Series of Unfortunate Events” (2004) is all about and the messages it is trying to convey to its intended audience. It demonstrates the obstacles the orphans Violet, Klaus and Sunny are forced to overcome and how their physical journey forces them on an inner journey. From their experiences they learn to appreciate their siblings as their love for each other is the only good that is left in their lives. The film is based off the novel by Lemony Snicket and was directed by Brad Silberling.

Silberling uses various symbols to represent physical journeys throughout the film and the effect the physical journey has on the characters.

The film tells the poignant story of the three siblings Violet, Klaus and Sunny who discover at the beginning of the film that their parents have perished in a fire. They are then forced to live with their distant relative Count Olaf whose only wish is to gain the children’s fortune. Count Olaf aims to murder the children and when the authorities become aware of this the children are moved to their Uncle “Montgomery Montgomery’s” to live. However their Uncle Monty, who was very kind, was killed my Count Olaf and the children are again moved to live with their mysterious and extremely cautious Aunt Josephine. Aunt Josephine is left for dead by Count Olaf and the incompetent authorities leave the children...